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Why the Zika virus is causing alarm

Why the Zika virus is causing alarm REUTERS/DENIS BALIBOUSE – Global health officials are racing to better understand the Zika virus behind a major outbreak that began in Brazil last year and has spread to many countries in the Americas. The following are some questions and answers about the virus and current outbreak: How do […] Continue reading

Timeline: Zika’s origin and global spread

Timeline: Zika’s origin and global spread Reuters April 26, 2016 April 25 (Reuters) – – 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 […] Continue reading

Cuba reports more Zika virus cases

Cuba reports more Zika virus cases Source: Xinhua 2016-04-14 05:05:33 HAVANA, April 13 (Xinhua) — A Cuban arriving from Venezuela days ago has been confirmed as the ninth imported case, bringing the country’s total number of Zika virus infections to 10, Cuba’s Health Ministry announced Wednesday. The patient, who is from Havana, the national capital, […] Continue reading

Google Jumps Through Hoops In Cuba

Google Jumps Through Hoops In Cuba / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar Posted on April 11, 2016 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 7 April 2016 — Google may be the Internet giant, but in Cuba it has had to jump through hoops. This Wednesday, the newly inaugurated Google+Kcho.MOR site opened its doors late because the employee who keeps the […] Continue reading

On Special Rationed Milk and other Food Products Cubans Eat

On Special Rationed Milk and other Food Products Cubans Eat March 29, 2016 Regina Cano HAVANA TIMES — Some of us who live in Cuba have the strong feeling that our current eating habits aren’t exactly healthy. Some know this, others simply don’t even worry about it. The situation could become much worse when many […] Continue reading

CDC issues Zika virus travel notice for Cuba

CDC issues Zika virus travel notice for Cuba BY JESSICA PLAUTZ The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has added Cuba to its list of countries and territories where Zika virus is spreading after a local case was confirmed. The first case of local transmission of Zika virus in the country was confirmed Tuesday: State media […] Continue reading

US warns of Zika risk in Cuba ahead of Obama’s trip

US warns of Zika risk in Cuba ahead of Obama’s trip By JOSH LEDERMAN Mar. 19, 2016 2:47 PM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is warning of the risk of Zika virus in Cuba just as President Barack Obama heads to the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it’s adding […] Continue reading

Cuba reports first case of Zika contracted in the country

Cuba reports first case of Zika contracted in the country HAVANA Cuba’s Health Ministry on Tuesday reported the first case of Zika contracted in the country, in a 21-year-old woman living in central Havana and who had not been overseas. Cuba’s four previous cases of Zika all involved people who had contracted the virus while […] Continue reading

Havanans Await Obama with Anticipation or Indifference

Havanans Await Obama with Anticipation or Indifference / Iván García Posted on March 15, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 15 March 2016 — Sipping every now and then from a plastic bottle with murky spirits that brings tears to his eyes, Arsenio is trying to sell a collection of outdated junk and a handful of old magazines […] Continue reading

The Mosquito and the Democratization of the Cuban Political System

The Mosquito and the Democratization of the Cuban Political System / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos Posted on March 11, 2016 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 10 March 2016 – You don’t have to be a doctor or an epidemiologist to realize that mosquitoes are not defeated by occasional fumigation battles and the collection of debris and trash, […] Continue reading

Raul Castro Calls For More Discipline In Combating The Mosquito That Transmits Zika

Raul Castro Calls For More Discipline In Combating The Mosquito That Transmits Zika / EFE, 14ymedio Posted on March 8, 2016 EFE / 14ymedio, Havana, 7 March 2016 – Cuban President Raul Castro urged an increase in discipline and acting “energetically” against the unfinished and “constant” hygiene campaign undertaken on the island to combat the […] Continue reading

What Are You Complaining About?

What Are You Complaining About? / Rebeca Monzo Posted on March 7, 2016 Rebeca Monzo, 7 March 2016 — Many citizens complain about events such as these: President Obama’s visit, the Rolling Stones concert, the Chanel fashion show on the Paseo del Prado, international sporting events and others. They often take them as a show […] Continue reading

Cuba Confirms Second Zika Case In Nurse Returned From Venezuela

Cuba Confirms Second Zika Case In Nurse Returned From Venezuela / 14ymedio Posted on March 4, 2016 14ymedio, Havana, 3 March 2016 – A second case of Zika has been diagnosed in Cuba, according to a report on primetime television news. The patient is a licensed nurse, 52, who recently returned from Tachira, Venezuela, and […] Continue reading

Cuba reports first case of Zika in Venezuelan doctor

Cuba reports first case of Zika in Venezuelan doctor HAVANA | BY MARC FRANK Cuba reported its first case of Zika on Wednesday, diagnosed in a 28-year-old Venezuelan doctor whose husband and brother-in-law previously contracted the virus in their home country. The World Health Organization declared the Zika outbreak, suspected of causing thousands of birth […] Continue reading

Cuba intensifies fight to fend off Zika virus

Cuba intensifies fight to fend off Zika virus Source: Xinhua 2016-02-29 09:01:43 HAVANA, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) — The Cuban government on Sunday announced fresh measures to keep the Zika virus out of its borders. In an address to the nation, Cuban President Raul Castro called on “all Cubans to take on this fight as a […] Continue reading

Cuba Sending 9,000 Soldiers to Fight Zika Virus

Cuba Sending 9,000 Soldiers to Fight Zika Virus By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ AND MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA — Feb 22, 2016, 5:28 PM ET Cuban President Raul Castro announced Monday that he is dispatching 9,000 soldiers to help keep the Zika virus out of Cuba, calling on the entire country to fight the mosquito that […] Continue reading

Zika Will Take A $664 Million Bite Out Of Cuban Tourism, World Bank Estimates

FEB 19, 2016 @ 03:33 PM Zika Will Take A $664 Million Bite Out Of Cuban Tourism, World Bank Estimates Emily Canal FORBES STAFF Mexico and Cuba are the two countries with the most to lose in terms of short-term economic costs That’s a hefty price for Cuba, which has seen an influx of American […] Continue reading

Obama May Meet Zika Head On in Cuba

Obama May Meet Zika Head On in Cuba White House Letter By GARDINER HARRIS FEB. 15, 2016 WASHINGTON — As the White House considers a historic visit by President Obama to Cuba this year, a concern beyond the political and diplomatic hurdles has arisen: the Zika virus. Mr. Obama has said he would “very much” […] Continue reading