By Circles Robinson
HAVANA TIMES, Oct. 11 – Cuba is not exempt to the advance of the swine flu pandemic affecting l86 countries worldwide, notes the local press in a report stating that the country’s world recognized efforts in disease prevention puts it in a favorable position to confront the “complicated” situation.
Strict epidemiological controls and the public information campaign have been stepped up in recent weeks. Cuban health authorities are also working to keep the cases of dengue fever to a minimum.
Cuba’s Public Health ministry records a total of 621 cases of A HlNl to date, including 444 adults and l77 children. The three fatalities were pregnant women, a segment of the population that has proven especially vulnerable to the virus, recognized Deputy Health Minister Jose Angel Portal Miranda on Cuban TV.
The World Health Organization puts the figure of total deaths from swine flu at 4,525 worldwide with 417 of the fatalities occurring in the last week.