Raul Castro mobilizes 9,000 soldiers to fight the mosquito that causes Zika virus
Cuban president Raul Castro today announced an action plan to address the Zika virus, dengue and chikungunya, including the mobilization of 9,000 members of the Armed Forces and 200 police officers to fight the mosquito that causes the disease.
In a statement published on Granma newspaper on Monday, Raul Castro urged Cubans to take the fight against the aedes mosquito as "a personal matter" and recalled that the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the rapid spread of the zika in the Americas as an international health emergency.
Although Cuba has not yet detected any cases of the Zika virus, Raul Castro warned that factors such as poor sanitation and bad weather, "favor the risk of disease spreading."
WHO he declared on 1 February passed a health emergency of international concern for the rapid spread of zika in different countries and the possible consequences of the virus that causes this disease which is transmitted by the bite of the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.