Duped US Travelers to Cuba Infected by Zika Virus Outbreak
A Stalinist tyranny keeps it secret.
“A new analysis of Zika-infected travelers who returned to the United States or Europe in 2017 or 2018 has found that 98% had visited Cuba, which did not report any cases to world health officials at the time the country’s outbreak apparently peaked.”
“It was startling,” says Kristian Andersen, a genomic epidemiologist at Scripps Research in San Diego, California, who led the work conducted by 38 researchers from five countries. The group estimates that Cuba had 5,707 unreported cases, with most occurring in 2017 (the year, by the way, when Obama’s “opening” made U.S. travel to Cuba very chic -- and very important to the Stalinist regime’s coffers, especially those of the secret police and military who majority own Cuba’s tourism infrastructure).
“Of 91 travel-associated Zika cases identified in Florida from June 2017 to October 2018, the team found that all but one infected individual was returning from Cuba. …Likewise, 63 of 64 travel-associated cases caught in Europe during that time frame involved travel to Cuba. Cuba’s unrecognized [no--it was fully recognized by the Stalinist regime which kept it hush-hush!] Zika outbreak may have 'silently' spread the virus to other parts of the world and continues to infect international visitors today.” (Zika News)
So what’s the big deal, some might ask? Well, “Zika virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus and can cause a birth defect called microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects… Zika primarily spreads through infected mosquitoes. You can also get Zika through sex without a condom with someone infected by Zika, even if that person does not show symptoms of Zika.” (Center For Disease Controls.)
Castroite Cuba, by the way, has long been regarded as the prostitution (including child prostitution) capitol of the Western Hemisphere, multiplying the number of Cuban prostitutes during the 40’s and 50’s when their numbers were trivial in comparison, Hollywood lore notwithstanding. Some studies rank Castroite Cuba above even Bangkok in this vile category.
Wait?! HARK! What’s that I hear? The rumbling of hoofbeats? Bugles blowing? And what’s that I see topping the crest of the hill? A cloud of dust? Banners fluttering?!
WHY, YES! It’s the cavalry (in the form of the New York Times) to the rescue!
Not to the rescue—heaven forbid! -- of the duped people infected by a serious illness that causes serious birth effects. No, instead to the rescue of the reputation (and vital tourism income) of mass-murdering, terror-sponsoring liars responsible for the spread of the infection to Americans (and Cubans and Canadians and Europeans, etc.) In brief, to the rescue of their historic public-relations clients.
“This was an unexpected finding,” explained the New York Times last week (actually, not unexpected at all by people who understand how the Castro regime operates!). Cuba has a sophisticated public health system,” (PUH-LEAZE!) stressed the straight-faced Times, “and it had seemed to be winning the war against Zika, apparently avoiding the outbreaks seen on other Caribbean islands.” (Another blatant LIE!)
“Officials at P.A.H.O., an arm of the World Health Organization,” continued the Times, “blamed the failure to publish timely data on the Cuba outbreak on a “technical glitch.”
Fine. Let’s review some of these Castroite “technical glitches” in action, shall we?
A few years ago Cuban doctor Dessy Mendoza was on the phone with a Miami radio station reporting an outbreak of dengue fever in eastern Cuba -- suddenly KGB-trained police stormed his house and arrested him. He was charged and sentenced for “spreading enemy propaganda.”
Totalitarian Cuba’s “Law of National Dignity” mandates jail sentences of three-to-ten years for “anyone who, in a direct or indirect form, collaborates with the enemy’s media.”
Yes, amigos. That’s what totalitarian regimes do. And — though you’d never guess it from their media and Democrat allies -- totalitarian is what Cuba still is, despite all the flashy tourism commercials for them by Conan O’Brien, Beyonce, Jay-Z, the Kardashians, Gisele Bundchen ( Mrs. Tom Brady,) Karl Lagerfeld, Jeff Flake, Barack Obama, etc., etc., etc.
Here’s an example of another Castroite “technical glitch”: a few years ago Katherine Hirschfield, an Oklahoma University Doctoral candidate, undertook a study of Cuba’s vaunted healthcare — but as a participant rather than as a regime-escorted “scholar” (i.e. propagandist). Her plan was to live for a year with a Cuban family in Cuba’s second largest city of Santiago.
Typical of “scholarly” studies that include a visit to Cuba, scholar Hirschfield admits that: “My project was intended to document and highlight Cuba’s achievements in Social Medicine.” (Hence her typically lightning-quick visa clearance.)
Shortly after settling in with her Cuban hosts, Hirschfeld was shocked to find her neighborhood full of Cubans suffering from dengue fever -- though she had never heard of this epidemic while in the U.S.
But upon every inquiry to the Castroite authorities (which included most of the doctors in the area) she was self-righteously harangued to the effect that dengue -- though rampant during the unspeakable Batista era -- had been eradicated by the glorious Revolution shortly upon its triumph! She was obviously imagining things. Cuba’s Ministry of Truth had spoken.
(Actually: in pre-Castro Cuba, Zika — along with all the tropical diseases that periodically ravage Castroite Cuba from Zika to Chikungunya to Hepatitis A. to West Nile Virus — were virtually unknown.)
Soon Hirschfield caught dengue fever herself and was ushered into a crowded and typically filthy clinic that was swarming with mosquitoes and guarded by soldiers. The crowded conditions owed to the obvious epidemic of dengue fever then ravaging eastern Cuba -- and still being denied by the authorities (and being unreported by the “news” bureaus with their “intrepid investigative reporters” so graciously hosted by Castro). The ubiquitous armed and vigilant soldiers (i.e. “technical glitches”) were evidence of the Stalinist regime’s craving to keep the epidemic secret.
Infected herself, and in a filthy hospital crammed to suffocation with Cubans suffering horribly from the disease, Katherine Hirschfeld took a cue from Groucho Marx and finally decided to believe her eyes rather than Castro’s Ministry of Truth.
A desperate Hirschfield tried phoning her family from Cuba to inform them of her plight. Immediately armed soldiers (i.e. “technical glitches”) grabbed her and prevented the call.
For some reason when Michael Moore, CNN, The New York Times, MSNBC, etc. etc. etc. visit Cuba to extol the marvels of Cuba’s Potemkin healthcare to the world, they never run into any “technical glitches.” Funny, that, no?
But perhaps my earlier branding of Castroite Cuba as a “New York Times public relations client” strikes some of my amigos as unnecessarily hyperbolic? Perhaps even as untrue?
Well, if so, I can only answer that Fidel Castro himself begs to differ with you. In fact, he amply agreed with my categorization of the New York Times vis-a-vis his Stalinist regime. To wit:
“To our American friend Herbert Matthews with gratitude. Without your help, and without the help of the New York Times, the Revolution in Cuba would never have been.” (Fidel Castro on a special visit to New York Times headquarters in April 1959, where he pinned a glittering medal of gratitude on Times “reporter” Herbert Matthews.)