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    How Cuba is fighting Zika
    BY DANIEL CHANG
    dchang@miamiherald.com

    After Cuba was ravaged in 1981 by an epidemic of hemorrhagic dengue
    fever — a mosquito-borne illness — the island nation’s communist
    government launched an aggressive response that created the framework
    for its reportedly successful fight against Zika, according to an
    article published Wednesday in the scientific journal Nature.

    The article reports that as of Aug. 11 Cuba has recorded three people
    who were infected with Zika by local mosquitoes rather than contracting
    the illness abroad. Cuba’s first known local case was reported by the
    World Health Organization in March and involved a 21-year-old resident
    of Central Havana. The country has recorded about 30 travel-related Zika
    cases to date.

    Among the country’s most effective measures for responding to dengue
    fever in 1981 was a heavy fine for Cubans found to have mosquitoes
    breeding around their homes, as well as intensive spraying of pesticides
    and the creation of a national reporting system for mosquito-borne
    illnesses, according to the article.

    Source: Zika virus: How Cuba is fighting Zika’s spread using history’s
    lessons | In Cuba Today –
    www.incubatoday.com/news/article96170342.html

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