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    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 who resides in the city of Manzanillo, in Granma province.

    The official press stressed that this is the “second imported case of
    patient confirmed with the Zika virus” and that she arrived in the
    island on 23 February. That same day she presented “skin rash
    accompanied by itching, swelling and pain in the left hand,” the report

    On 25 February the Cuban aid worker was admitted to the Celia Sanchez
    Hospital and a “sample taken to isolate the Zika virus” was sent to
    the Pedro Kouri Institute. At the same time, every “action of
    epidemiological and vector control established for these cases,” was taken.

    This Wednesday the lab confirmed that the samples tested positive for
    the Zika virus. Currently the patient, whose name has not been revealed,
    is in good condition and symptom free.

    Cuba’s Ministry of Public Health reported this week on the first case of
    the Zika virus detected on the island. It is a Venezuelan doctor, 28,
    who arrived on 21 February from the Venezuelan state of Aragua for a
    postgraduate course in gastroenterology.

    In late February, Raul Castro announced a plan of action to deal with
    the Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses, including the mobilization of
    9,000 troops from the Armed Forces and 200 police to fight the Aedes
    aegypti mosquito that transmits these diseases.

    Source: Cuba Confirms Second Zika Case In Nurse Returned From Venezuela
    / 14ymedio | Translating Cuba –

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