Cuba Begins Intensive Anti-Dengue Campaign

Havana, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) A one-month intensive fumigation and clean-up campaign begins Monday in various provinces to prevent the proliferation of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which carries dengue fever.

Deputy Public Health Minister Luis Estruch stated that the campaign will be carried out in Havana and the cities of Pinar del Rio, Santa Clara, Camaguey, Santiago de Cuba, Bayamo and Guantanamo, and the municipality of Mariel, in Artemisa province.

Estruch reiterated to the National News Agency the importance of community-based prevention, and urged all families to check their homes for mosquitoes and their breeding grounds each week.

Maria Guadalupe Guzman, director of the Pan-American and World Health Organization cooperation center for the Study of Dengue and its Vector, at the Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine, described the epidemiological situation in Cuba as stable.

Another situation to take into account is the increase in the number of dengue and malaria cases in the Americas, Guzman said.

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