Chikungunya in Cuba

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Biotech Mission to Cuba

Biotech Mission to Cuba BETC director Kamal Rashid hopes to develop collaborations in biomanufacturing March 20, 2017 As the 1950s vintage cars course through city streets seemingly frozen in time, a vibrant biopharmaceutical sector flourishes in Cuba, supplying most of the country’s essential medicines and exporting life-saving vaccines to developing countries. “It was not what […] Continue reading

Obama administration sends top disease specialists to Cuba

Obama administration sends top disease specialists to Cuba October 19, 2016 View photos HAVANA (AP) — The Obama administration sent some of the United States’ top infectious disease specialists to Cuba on Wednesday to open a new phase in medical cooperation after more than a half-century of isolation. Two dozen U.S. and Cuban experts on […] Continue reading

Building Socialism in Cuba

Building Socialism in Cuba As pressure for economic liberalization grows, what would it take to turn Cuba into a socialist democracy? by Samuel Farber In July 2016, thanks to a 20 percent reduction in oil shipments from Venezuela, Cuba’s economy minister Marino Murillo announced a 6 percent cut in electricity and a 28 percent cut […] 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zika – How to protect yourself from the mosquito-borne virus

Zika: How to protect yourself from the mosquito-borne virus Pregnant women should not travel to affected areas Children under 3 should not use certain types of insect repellent CDC: An outbreak in the U.S. would “likely be limited.’’ BY CARLI TEPROFF AND JOAN CHRISSOS cteproff@MiamiHerald.com As the mosquito-borne Zika virus tears through Latin America and […] Continue reading

The Politics of Prevention – Cholera in Cuba

The Politics of Prevention: Cholera in Cuba [30-07-2015 01:02:47] Cuba Transition Project (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Even before the scheduled opening of the US Embassy on July 20, 2015, there were advertisements, blog posts, tweets, and news feeds welcoming U.S. residents to Cuba for cultural, religious or educational opportunities. Cuba remains a popular destination for Canadian and Western […] Continue reading