Rumors about disease rampant in the face of official silence
HAVANA, Cuba - September 15 (José Antonio Fornaris, Cuba-Verdad /
www.cubanet.org) - Some say dengue fever has claimed 700 lives across
the island; some say dozens have died in Havana alone. Another report
has the director of a hospital succumbing to the disease.
In the end, no one can say for certain; the government-controlled media
have not acknowledged the spread of the disease while many claim to know
of at least one case of the mosquito-borne illness.
Last Monday, Carlos Campos, a 61-year-old physician who was director of
the Luis de la Puente Uceda hospital died; some say of heart disease,
others claim dengue was the cause of death.
Campos was the chief of the team of doctors performing medical tests on
Cubans migrating to the United States.