Zika Came Late to Cuba

The 2015-2016 Zika outbreak had a “hidden” hotspot in Cuba, according to a new analysis that estimates that there were 5,707 unreported Zika cases in the country.
 
Of 155 cases that recorded by Florida officials and the European CDC, all but 1 had traveled through Cuba.  
 
By the time Zika peaked in Cuba—a year later than other Caribbean hotspots—the WHO’s emergency declaration had been lifted. Making surveillance even harder, Zika is easily confused with dengue, and symptoms rarely arise in infected patients.
 
The sequencing of the virus may help improve surveillance in future outbreaks.
 
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