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A team of sixty-two technicians specialized in vector-control arrived in Haiti from Cuba to work in a disease control campaign along with Cuban doctors and Haitian fifth-year students from the Santiago de Cuba Latin American School of Medicine.

An action plan has been implemented to prevent and fight contagious diseases in Port-au-Prince by the Cuban anti-vector brigade in the Haitian capital as soon as possible.

The program will include hospitals and other facilities in the city, devastated by an earthquake almost two weeks ago, on the outskirts and in other departments.

Eduardo Nuñez Valdes, an epidemiologist from the Cuban province of Matanzas currently in Port-au-Prince, said that it is necessary to act fast because the increase of parasitic and infectious diseases may result in an epidemic due to the existing of unhealthy conditions.

The campaign includes actions against conditions that can generate respiratory, digestive and vector communicable diseases, particularly leptospirosis, typhoid fever, cholera, malaria and others.

Source: RHC

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