HEALTH

Cuba announces first case of Zika, imported from Venezuela

A man stands outside on his balcony as soldiers fumigate inside his home in Havana, Cuba, Feb. 22, 2016.

A man stands outside on his balcony as soldiers fumigate inside his home in Havana, Cuba, Feb. 22, 2016.  (ap)

Cuba says it has detected the first case of the Zika virus on the island, which had been one of the last nations in the Western Hemisphere free of the disease.

The Ministry of Health said in state media Wednesday that a 28-year-old Venezuelan medical student arrived in the country Feb. 21 and a day later came down with a high fever and rash. The government says the woman was under medical quarantine along with other newly arrived medical students when her symptoms were detected.

An initial test for Zika was negative but a second test on Feb. 28 was positive, health officials said.

President Raul Castro announced Feb. 22 that the country was militarizing its fight to kill disease-carrying mosquitoes, assigning 9,000 soldiers to spray for the insects nationwide.

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