Monday, February 29, 2016

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 personal challenge" by eliminating
environments which could help mosquito proliferation.

"The army has deployed over 9,000 soldiers, ... with the additional help
of 200 police officers," said Castro, adding that the government has
tasked the Ministry of Public Health with leading an action against
Zika, dengue and chikungunya.

As part of this campaign, Cuba has created a ministry-level management
center, which works around the clock to monitor information linked to
these diseases across the country and beyond.

Public Health Minister Roberto Morales said this week that while no case
of Zika has been found in Cuba, "the risk of introduction of Zika into
the country is high."

He attributed the high probability to "our international exchanges, the
high levels of infestation of the mosquito in 55 municipalities,
including the capital, and the high vulnerability of our population to
such diseases."

All around Havana, brigades of soldiers can be seen going from house to
house, fumigating along their way, while doctors and nurses attach
special attention to any potential symptoms in the population,
especially among pregnant women.

The battle has focused on a cleaning campaign, including the pruning of
trees across the city. A document listing preventive measures for
families has also been released.

Source: Cuba intensifies fight to fend off Zika virus - Xinhua | -

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