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    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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