Dengue fever outbreak in eastern Cuba intensifies


Aedes aegypti mosquito

From our Wonders of Cuban Healthcare Bureau:

Yet another great triumph for Cuba’s 60-year-old socialist Revolution: More than a century after the eradication of mosquito-borne illnesses around the world, Cubans are still living in fear of Dengue Fever, Zika, and other such plagues.

So, while leftists everywhere continue to praise the wonders of Castrocare and to cite all sorts of dry statistics that “prove” the efficiency of Cuba’s health care system, actual flesh-and-blood Cubans are being mowed down by illnesses that could be easily wiped out.

Oh, but don’t expect to find any statistics on any of this. And don’t expect to find much — or any — mention of this plague anywhere other than in publications and web sites run by malcontents, dissidents and selfish exiles.

And… by the way… how ironic that the man who discovered that some diseases like malaria and dengue were transmitted by a mosquito was a Cuban. Carlos Finlay (1838-1915) published empirical evidence of his discovery in 1886, but his ideas were ignored for 20 years, and in most history textbooks it is U.S. Army doctor Walter Reed who gets all the credit.

So, over a century after Finlay’s death his native land is still stuck in the 19th century, .
thanks to the so-called Revolution.

Loosely translated from Marti Noticias:

More and more cases of dengue are reported from the province of Holguín. The activist Yiletne Aguilera, admitted to the Clinical Surgical Hospital of that city for 14 days, still awaits a diagnosis.

Aguilera, a resident of Gibara, told Radio Martí that in the local hospital, where she was previously treated, dengue cases abound.

The activist explained that this hospital center is so full of patients suffering from this disease that “there isn’t room enough for everybody.”

Dr. Ramón Zamora, resident in Holguin, says that the lack of an adequate strategy by the health authorities has led to an increase in dengue cases.

The doctor explained that “Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya are plaguing the Cuban population”, and with greater intensity in the eastern part of the country. Zamora believes that “it is a question of governmental abandonment, because if they had drawn a strategy in advance” the situation would be different.

According to the Holguin doctor, the official propaganda focuses on warning about the symptoms, but does not speak clearly about the seriousness of the situation, which has “left he town devoid of care,” he said.

And lack of care is not the only problem. The pesticides needed to eradicate the mosquito transmitter of dengue — such as permethrin, used in the fumigation against Aedes Aegypti– are simply unavailable. The doctor accuses the government of using oil instead of pesticides, and says that the residue from that oil aggravates respiratory diseases.

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