Those exhibiting symptoms were taken to the Cañas Comprehensive Healthcare Center where tests confirmed that the symptoms were caused by the influenza virus, not Ebola.
The situation sparked fear with some residents, as passers-by reported seeing the Somali detainees being held in the courtyard of the police station wearing surgical masks as a preventive measure.
The group was detained after police stopped a vehicle in which they were traveling. The driver, a Costa Rican identified by the last name Angulo, was arrested on suspicion of human trafficking.
The Somalis were placed into the custody of immigration officials and will likely face deportation.