Cuba launches massive anti-dengue campaign
English.news.cn 2011-08-16 09:36:24
HAVANA, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) — Cuba's Ministry of Public Health launched an
intensive sanitation campaign Monday against the Aedes Aegypti mosquito,
which can spread dengue fever.
The operation, which is running through Sept. 15, will cover the most
vulnerable cities in the country, including the capital Havana and the
eastern city Guantanamo.
Deputy Health Minister Luis Estruch stressed the importance of the
prevention campaign and urged all families to check their houses for
mosquitoes each week.
Maria Guadalupe Guzman, director of the Pan-American and World Health
Organization Cooperation Center for the Study of Dengue and Its Vector
at the Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine, said the
epidemiological situation in the country is stable. However, she warned
that an epidemic outbreak is still possible in the island state, given
the high temperatures and heavy rains in the eastern areas, and drought
in the west.
Cuba, along with Chile and Uruguay, are the only Latin American
countries where dengue is not endemic.
In 1981, the country suffered its worst dengue outbreak in history,
which left 158 dead.