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    Cuba launches massive anti-dengue campaign 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.

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