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Cuba’s Existing Anti-Mosquito Campaign Might Help Prevent Zika Outbreak In Nation

The Nation: Zika Is Circling Cuba. What Will Happen When It Lands?
Greg Grandin, author and history professor at New York University

“…Over in Cuba, Zika has yet to make an appearance. It’s circling. … But for the last few years, well before the current Zika outbreak, Cuba’s Ministry of Public Health has been carrying out an aggressive ‘lucha antivectorial’ (anti-vector struggle) against the Aedes aegypti, with campaigns to fumigate and clean up the places where mosquitos breed and to monitor fevers. Cuba’s public health campaigns are famous, and this one started specifically in response to an earlier regional outbreak of dengue and chikungunya. … [Cuba’s anti-mosquito campaign] has real limitations, as the account details, but so far, compared to surrounding countries, it has been relatively successful in containing dengue and chikungunya. … Hopefully, Cuba’s success will continue with Zika” (2/2).

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