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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Cuba reports 67 cases of imported dengue

Via Xinhua :

" HAVANA, Aug. 26 : Cuba registered 67 dengue patients who had been infected by the mosquito-borne disease outside of the island, a Public Health Ministry official said Wednesday.

"There aren't local cases of dengue" on the island, Otto Pelaez Sanchez, chief of the Department of Communicable Diseases, said.

The official said that 34 countries had currently reported dengue cases, but Cuba was the only one where the transmission was not active.

The provinces most at risk of transmission were Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo, Camaguey and Havana, due to the presence of the dengue-carrying mosquito, Aedes aegypti, he said.

The goal was to minimize the risk of transmission by eliminating mosquito breeding to prevent a national epidemic, he said."

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