Cuba reports its first travel case of Zika


The Health Officials did not mention any case of Zika transmitted within the country.

 On Wednesday, Cuba reported that the first case of Zika virus had been confirmed on the island, which was one of the last countries in the Western Hemisphere not affected by that disease.

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According to the official statement from the Ministry of Health, on Feb. 21, a 28 year-old Venezuelan post-doctoral student checked in this contry, and later on she had some symptoms of Zika like fever and rash. After her symptoms were detected, she was put under medical quarantine in Artemisa province with other newly doctors who had just arrived in.

The health officials said that the first test for Zika came out with negative, but in the second test on Feb. 29, it was positive. That woman are being hospitalized in a tropical disease hospital in Havana, Cuba, under very good condition. Her husband and brother-in-law has been tested positive for Zika virus in Venezuela recently. However, the medical experts who had enter Cuba with the infected woman has no sign of Zika infection.

There is no case of Zika transmitted inside the country, the Health official says.

Cuba’s president, Raul Castro said that Cuba was making every effort to reduce the risk of getting infected, by having 9,000 soldiers all around the country spray for mosquitos. Afterwards, an intense door-to-door effort has been launched to prevent from mosquitos.

Attempt has been made nationwide to spray homes and businesses in order to kill the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmitted the dengue virus and chikungunya, which causes fever and severe joint pain in thousands of Cuban citizens. Frequently, Cuban people have claimed allergies and asthma in order to put off fumigation teams, containing public health workers and teenagers who are completing obligatory military service.

Those days, soldiers have gone across the country, bringing along hand-held foggers. They now have the right to fine anyone who disagree to continue fumigation and resist it. What’s more, fog-spraying trucks and small airplanes have been provided so as to cover the Cuba’s capital and other cities with white clouds of pesticides.

In the airport and ship terminals, groups of doctors are monitoring every visitors for high temperatures or some other signal of illness. As Cuba is in hot and humid spring, as well as the summer is coming, the fight against Zika has become much more serious.




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