By Circles Robinson
HAVANA TIMES, April 29 — No cases of swine flu have been reported to date in Cuba but the island’s authorities are taking the threat seriously.
By declaring the alert stage on Tuesday afternoon the island’s civil defense system was activated at municipal, provincial and national levels.
Among the precautions being taken to safeguard the Cuban population and visitors, special vigilance is now taking place for both human and animal epidemiology with an emphasis on the capital Havana. Sanitary controls are in place at all airports and sea ports.
Regular and charter flights carrying passengers to and from Mexico to Cuba have been temporarily suspended through Thursday.
As of Wednesday, all persons arriving in the country from any destination will fill out a passenger health declaration form.
Even under normal conditions Cuba routinely has medical personal available at its airports.
The island is known for having one of the world’s most efficient civil defense networks, put to the test in 2008 with the passing of three powerful hurricanes.