Honduras Reports Suspected Zika-Linked Deaths, Birth Defects; Cuba Reports 2 New Locally Acquired Cases

Agence France-Presse: Zika suspected in 6 deaths in Honduras
“Six people have died and 10 babies have been born with defects in Honduras in cases feared to have been caused by Zika, the health minister said Tuesday. Tests were being carried out to confirm whether the cases were the result of the virus, which is most commonly transmitted by mosquitoes and, more rarely, through sexual contact…” (8/2).

Reuters: Cuba reports two cases of Zika contracted locally
“Cuba reported on Wednesday two new cases of residents contracting the mosquito-borne Zika virus locally, in a setback for the Caribbean country that has taken a series of measures in an attempt to stave off the epidemic. … ‘Last Aug. 1, two new locally contracted cases of the Zika virus were diagnosed, corresponding to residents in the city of Holguin who had not traveled abroad, which brings the total up to three,’ the health ministry said in a statement published by state media…” (Marsh, 8/3).