Cuba: Repression in the time of cholera

The Castro dictatorship in Cuba continues its struggle to control the cholera outbreak that has plagued the island this year. Funny (actually not so funny) how the vaunted universal and free health care policies of the Cuban regime, which so many people admire, looks remarkably like that of any other third-world country.

Cholera Spreads in Cuba After Hurricane Sandy

HAVANA, Cuba, December 26, 2012 (ENS) – A rise in cholera cases in the Cuban capital Havana is being traced back to parts of the country hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, the worst natural disaster to strike Cuba in half a century.

The Cuban government is saying little about reported cases of cholera. But doctors who have recorded new cases of the disease during recent house-to-house inspections say the health ministry has declared a state of alert in the Jesús María and Belén communities of Habana Vieja municipality.

“They’ve found 47 cases in Habana Vieja municipality,” said a doctor, who requested anonymity. “Thirty-three of them originate from the eastern provinces.”

The implication is that the individuals carrying cholera may have contracted it in Cuba’s eastern regions as a result of the flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy in late October.