HAVANA, Cuba – July 20 (José Antonio Fornaris, Cuba-Verdad /
www.cubanet.org) – More than 600 new cases of dengue fever have been
recorded in the Havana municipalities of El Cerro, Centro Habana, and
Arroyo Naranjo, said employees of the Public Health department who
wished to remain anonymous.
Authorities have been meeting with physicians and nurses to appraise
them of the situation. They have also ordered a clean up campaign in Old
Havana, presumably to eliminate breeding areas for the Aedes aegypti
mosquito, the vector for the disease.
The last outbreak of dengue in the Cuban capital was January 2002. At
that time, a clean up campaign picked up more than a million square
meters of debris and trash that had accumulated in city streets.