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    Government underreporting cases of zika, say doctors
    DDC | La Habana | 16 de Enero de 2017 – 14:52 CET.

    Four doctors at the general teaching hospitals in Lawton and 30 de
    noviembre, in the municipality of 10 de octubre, and at the Abel
    Santamaría and Héroes de Girón medical facilities in El Cerro, told
    DIARIO DE CUBA that there are more cases of zika in Havana that those
    than the Government is officially announcing.

    A lab technician at the Hospital Hermanos Ameijeiras confirmed this
    observation.

    All the professionals asked that their names not be disclosed, due to
    their fears of retaliation. They said that they had strict orders from
    the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) to not offer information to any
    media outlets, in order to “disturb” the population.

    They also declined to cite figures, and did not clarify whether they
    have received instructions to cover up cases of zika under diagnoses of
    other diseases, as citizens from Cerro and Lawton suspect.

    “They are diagnosing other diseases to keep from recognizing that it is
    really zika, because the number of those infected is high,” said a
    resident in the former municipality.

    Fumigators from Arroyo Naranjo, Cerro, La Habana Vieja (Old Havana) and
    Centro Habana also expressed concern, mainly regarding the situation in
    Lawton and El Cerro, but said they had received no orders to increase
    fumigation.

    Some residents in La Habana Vieja and Centro Habana believed that the
    purported concealment was related to the rise of tourism.

    Both doctors and citizens indicated that there has been a decrease in
    preventive fumigation, which they considered dangerous, considering the
    regular overflows of waste and both potable and wastewater.

    “In no case should fumigation take place after outbreaks are reported,
    but always in a preventive way,” a doctor said.

    Source: Government underreporting cases of zika, say doctors | Diario de
    Cuba – www.diariodecuba.com/cuba/1484574751_28173.html

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