Thu | Aug 17, 2017

Cuba sending 9,000 soldiers to fight Zika virus

Published:Tuesday | February 23, 2016 | 2:00 AM
Cuba's President Raul Castro

HAVANA (AP):

Cuban President Raul Castro said he is assigning 9,000 military personnel to efforts to keep the Zika virus out of Cuba, calling on the entire country to help kill the mosquito that carries the disease.

In a front-page message on the state-run newspaper Granma yesterday, Castro said Cuba?s fight to prevent the arrival of the virus has been hampered by ?the inadequate technical quality? of efforts against the mosquito, insufficient work to clean up areas where the mosquito propagates and poor weather conditions.

He says 9,000 military personnel and 200 national police officials will reinforce the Public Health Ministry?s efforts to spray neighbourhoods for mosquitoes and eliminate breeding spots.

He said Cuba has yet to report a case of Zika, which is suspected of causing birth defects in Brazil.