Cuba assigning 9,000 soldiers to fight Zika virus
Feb 22, Havana: Cuba 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.
Cuban President Raul Castro said that 9,000 military personnel and 200 national police officials would reinforce the Public Health Ministry's efforts to spray neighborhoods for mosquitoes and eliminate breeding spots
In a front-page message on the state-run newspaper Granma Monday, 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 said Cuba has yet to report a case of Zika, which is suspected of causing birth defects in Brazil.
The Oslo Times