Anuario de Estudios Centroamericanos
The way in which societies organize themselves in order to solve public health problems often reveal important characteristics and changes in national cultures. This is the case of the Costa Rican campaign against cholera, during the early 1990s, in which governmental authorities used national discourses that created a symbolic link to historical values of Costa Rica´s political culture. These values not only were key factors in shaping and giving meaning to the successful public health response to this epidemic, but also promoted the inclusion of Nicaraguan migrants (a group surreptitiously identified as potential vectors of cholera) to the public health system, in marked contrast to what happened to other minority groups in Latin America during the same pandemic.
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López-Ruiz, Mauricio and Palmer, Steven. (2011). Crónica de una epidemia anunciada: incorporación etno-médica del migrante nicaragüense a la nación costarricense enlos tiempos del cólera.. Anuario de Estudios Centroamericanos, 37, 139-162.