Dengue en Cuba
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Dengue en Cuba

Cases of Dengue in the Cuban Military School / Ignacio Estrada

Translator: M. Ouellette, Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada

By Ignacio Estrada Cepero, Independent Journalist

Havana, Cuba. In recent days, the "José Martí" Military Polytechnic

Institute (IPM, ex-Belén College), located in the capital municipality

of Marianao, has had to increase medical attention in the military

infirmary due to the appearance of constant cases of fever.

According to information not published by any medical official, the

military school is keeping a total of 54 cases isolated from the rest of

the students. It is unknown how many of these patients have been

diagnosed positive for Dengue through the known laboratory IgM test.

Students of this military school confirm the existence of the sickness,

but are afraid to speak of its presence at the institute for fear of

retaliation by their superiors.

The military school is located in a marshy area, and thick underbrush

surrounds its sides. Besides the presence of tunnels and an old rail

line trench, there are other places prone to the appearance of sources

of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, the transmitting agent of this sickness.

The "José Martí" Military Polytechnic Institute has a student body of

around 5000 boarders, in addition to a small number of youth from the

General Obligatory Military Service (SMGO), these last destined for work

at the center.

Translated by: M. Ouellette

October 8 2012

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