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Cuba is waging an organized, intrusive war on Zika. It’s working

Cuba is waging an organized, intrusive war on Zika. It’s working By ROB WATERS NOVEMBER 8, 2016 HAVANA — The retired accountant went to her neighborhood health clinic one Friday last month for a scheduled blood pressure check. Doctors noticed 74-year-old Elsa Pérez Garcia’s red eyes and skin rash and immediately suspected Zika virus. The […] Continue reading

Autochthonous Chikungunya Fever in Traveler Returning to Japan from Cuba

Autochthonous Chikungunya Fever in Traveler Returning to Japan from Cuba To the Editor: Chikungunya fever is a febrile illness caused by mosquito-transmitted chikungunya virus CHIKV: (genus Alphavirus, family Togaviridae). Clinical signs and symptoms typically begin with high-grade fever after an incubation period of 2–4 days (1). Other common symptoms include polyarthralgia, which is usually symmetric […] Continue reading

Cuba reports remarkable success in containing Zika virus

Cuba reports remarkable success in containing Zika virus By Michael Weissenstein?|?AP September 2 at 12:25 AM HAVANA — Six months after President Raul Castro declared war on the Zika virus in Cuba, a militarized nationwide campaign of intensive mosquito spraying, monitoring and quarantine appears to be working. Cuba is among the few countries in the […] Continue reading

Mosquito Guns and Heavy Fines: How Cuba Kept Zika at Bay for So Long

Mosquito Guns and Heavy Fines: How Cuba Kept Zika at Bay for So Long It is one of the last Caribbean countries to get hit By Sara Reardon, Nature magazine on August 17, 2016 As soon as the rain stops, mosquitoes flood the guard house of an upscale tourist resort near Cuba’s Bay of Pigs. […] 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 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

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

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

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

Alarming And Strange Increase In Illness Among Cuban Colleagues In Venezuela

Alarming And Strange Increase In Illness Among Cuban Colleagues In Venezuela / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on August 15, 2015 Juan Juan Almeida, 11 August 2015 — The suspicious increase in certain inopportune illnesses is now the most sensitive factor for the normal development of the Cuban medical mission in Venezuela. During the present year, […] Continue reading

May Downpours Arrive Ahead of Schedule in Havana

Cuba: May Downpours Arrive Ahead of Schedule in Havana / Ivan Garcia Posted on May 19, 2015 Until Wednesday, April 29, when intense rains fell on Havana, Agustin — a private-sector farmer who grows chard, lettuce and peppers on a patch of parched land on the outskirts of the capital — was looking skyward to […] Continue reading

Cuba: Medical Impotence

Cuba: Medical Impotence / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Posted on February 25, 2015 While the government exports thousands of doctors, old diseases are coming back, such as dengue fever, tuberculosis, whooping cough, chikungunya, and cholera, and new exotic diseases are appearing that had never before been seen on the Island. Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 18 February […] Continue reading

Chikungunya virus spreads to U.S., Cuba

Chikungunya virus spreads to U.S., Cuba By Sara Cheshire, Special to CNN June 19, 2014 — Updated 1858 GMT (0258 HKT) Dangerous mosquito illness on the rise STORY HIGHLIGHTS Chikungunya virus has spread to Cuba, health officials say A case was also just confirmed in the U.S. state of Georgia 100,000 chikungunya cases have been […] Continue reading

Cuba: Alert in the Americas over chikungunya

Cuba: Alert in the Americas over chikungunya

Via the Cuban news agency Prensa Latina: Alerta en las Américas por enfermedad vírica chikungunya.[Alert in the Americas over viral disease chikungunya] While Prensa Latina has run numerous stories on the subject,… Continue reading

Cuba Major infectious diseases

Cuba Major infectious diseases Factbook > Countries > Cuba > Demographics Major infectious diseases: degree of risk: intermediate food or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhea and hepatitis A vectorborne diseases: dengue fever (2013) Definition: This entry lists major infectious diseases likely to be encountered in countries where the risk of such diseases is assessed to be […] Continue reading