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How Cuba is fighting Zika

How Cuba is fighting Zika BY DANIEL CHANG dchang@miamiherald.com After Cuba was ravaged in 1981 by an epidemic of hemorrhagic dengue fever — a mosquito-borne illness — the island nation’s communist government launched an aggressive response that created the framework for its reportedly successful fight against Zika, according to an article published Wednesday in the […] Continue reading

Cuba Continues Sending Doctors to Brazil and Venezuela

Cuba Continues Sending Doctors to Brazil and Venezuela / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 28 July 2016 — In spite of certain comments, important desertions, crises, adjustments and a new renegotiation, the Government of Cuba will continue sending doctors to health programs in Venezuela and Brazil. Cuban health authorities scour the island, from end […] Continue reading

Cuba says 2 people apparently contracted Zika inside country

Cuba says 2 people apparently contracted Zika inside country Cuba says it has diagnosed the Zika virus in two people who appear to have contracted it inside the country, which has been largely successful in controlling the disease Aug. 4, 2016, at 1:29 a.m. HAVANA (AP) — Cuba says it has diagnosed the Zika virus […] Continue reading

Timeline – Zika’s origin and global spread

Timeline: Zika’s origin and global spread July 18, 2016 The following timeline charts the origin and spread of the Zika virus from its discovery nearly 70 years ago: 1947: Scientists researching yellow fever in Uganda’s Zika Forest identify the virus in a rhesus monkey 1948: Virus recovered from Aedes africanus mosquito in Zika Forest 1952: […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Healthcare Scam

Cuba’s Healthcare Scam Jul. 19, 2016 12:00pm By Humberto Fontova, for TheBlaze Humberto Fontova is the author of four books including: The Longest Romance: The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro, Fidel: Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant and Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him. “Cuba has made significant contributions to health and […] Continue reading

The Magic Number

The Magic Number / Fernando Dámaso Fernando Dámaso, 1 July 2016 — In 2016, the number “90” has taken on a major importance for Cuba’s government authorities. The unleashed hysteria of the cult of personality means that, since December of 2015 government agencies and institutions have been ordered to “dedicate absolutely all their actions” to […] Continue reading

Cuba reports no Zika transmission since March; Dengue all but eliminated

Cuba reports no Zika transmission since March; Dengue all but eliminated HAVANA | BY MARC FRANK REUTERS/ENRIQUE DE LA OSA Cuba has successfully held off the Zika epidemic and in the process all but eliminated Dengue fever and other mosquito-carried illnesses, state-run media reported on Tuesday. Public Health Minister Roberto Morales Ojeda told a Council […] Continue reading

Democratic sit-in postpones House vote on Cuba measures

Democratic sit-in postpones House vote on Cuba measures Among the proposed measures are amendments to soften travel restrictions to Cuba as well as prohibit transactions with ties to the Cuban military. POR NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com A “sit-in” by Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill to push for gun control legislation, forced a delay of votes […] Continue reading

HHS memo shows that agencies should be ready to work with Cuba

HHS memo shows that agencies should be ready to work with Cuba Carten Cordell, Federal Times 4:21 p.m. EDT June 13, 2016 The 50-year freeze in U.S.-Cuba relations continued its diplomatic thaw on June 13, this time with the Department of Health and Human Services. HHS and the Cuban Ministry of Public Health entered into […] Continue reading

Zika, cancer focus of new U.S., Cuba accord on public health

Zika, cancer focus of new U.S., Cuba accord on public health Accord is the 8th between the two countries since relations reestablished. Topics include battling Zika-carrying mosquitoes, winning FDA approval for Cuban cancer drug. BY FRANCO ORDOÑEZ fordonez@mcclatchydc.com WASHINGTON Cuba and the United States signed a public health agreement Monday promising to work together in […] Continue reading

Why Military Service Should Be Abolished in Cuba

Why Military Service Should Be Abolished in Cuba / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 23 April 2016 — They work as a pair. Raciel, a black man almost six feet tall, with long arms and legs and a pock-marked complexion, is in charge of the fumigation equipment, while Yilsander, a light-skinned, pudgy man, carries a black […] Continue reading

Puerto Rico plans commercial office in Cuba to promote trade

Puerto Rico plans commercial office in Cuba to promote trade HAVANA | BY MARC FRANK Puerto Rico has taken the first steps toward opening a commercial office in Cuba, Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said on Saturday, on the sidelines of a Caribbean summit in Havana. Garcia Padilla is the first sitting Puerto Rican governor in […] Continue reading

Congress considers bills to restrict welfare for Cuban immigrants

Congress considers bills to restrict welfare for Cuban immigrants The proposed legislation would make most Cuban immigrants ineligible for refugee money, medical benefits and other assistance. BY MEGAN O’MATZ Sun Sentinel FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. A bill to restrict welfare for Cuban immigrants would save the U.S. government $2.45 billion over the next decade, congressional analysts […] Continue reading

Away From “The Honey Of Power” Carlos Lage Focuses On Fighting Mosquitoes

Away From “The Honey Of Power” Carlos Lage Focuses On Fighting Mosquitoes / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 30 May 2016 – Every evening he emerges with his briefcase from the place where he purges his fate of being ousted. Carlos Lage, former vice president of Cuba’s Council of State, works on the […] Continue reading

Campaign Against the Mosquito

Campaign Against the Mosquito / Rebeca Monzo Rebeca Monzo, 30 May 2016 — On my planet, Cuba, dengue fever has been brought on by unsanitary conditions, which in turn were brought on by the revolution. Neglect and abandonment have caused the Aedes aegypti mosquito to proliferate from buildings abandoned due to collapse, from leaks in […] Continue reading

Cuba – The Return of the Power Cuts

Cuba: The Return of the Power Cuts / Ivan Garcia Ivan Garcia, 27 May 2016 — As of three weeks ago there have been power cuts of up to three hours in different parts of Havana. Sometimes longer. “Friday, April 29 in Altahabana (a neighbourhood in the southeast of the city), the power was cut […] Continue reading

I’m Going to Set Fire to It and See What Happens

“I’m Going to Set Fire to It and See What Happens” / Anddy Sierra Alvarez by Lumumba residents against the dumping of solid waste in the neighborhood is all but lost. The garbage dump, established three years ago, is bigger today and includes debris from roadwork done in the area. According to residents, there were […] Continue reading

British foreign minister visits Cuba in first such trip since

British foreign minister visits Cuba in first such trip since AFP | London April 29, 2016 Last Updated at 05:22 IST Britain’s foreign minister has arrived in Cuba in the first such visit since 1959, to hold talks on cooperation in “financial services, energy, culture and education”, London announced. It follows last month’s landmark visit […] Continue reading