The United States used the dengue virus as a tool of bio-warfare and spread it to Cuba in 1971.
This was stated by Dr Aramis Martinez, Vector Borne Disease Central Consultant, Zambian National Larviciding Programme Coordinator, Cuba, while addressing a meeting of the Dengue Research Group at the Al Raazi Hall on Saturday.
PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran chaired the meeting while Jorge Luis Martinez, Director International Sales, Cuba, Registrar Prof Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir, Chairman Dengue Research Group, Dr Saeed Akhtar, Chairman Zoology Department, Dr Muhammad Akhtar, heads of various subgroups and members participated in the meeting.
Dr Aramis Martinez said Cuba controlled the dengue fever through vector control, larvae control, and community involvement and case management.
He said only one type of dengue was found in Cuba i.e. Aedes Aegypti and vector control and wise use of harmless chemicals played a vital role in containing the disease. He said we should combine the work of Entomologist with other experts to fight the disease.
PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran said the United States tested viruses not only in Cuba and other countries but it also conducted an experiment on the dengue virus on its own population in Florida.
He said the biological and psychological warfare was going on and it should be kept in mind that the enemy of Cuban and American people and the whole mankind was not the United States but a clique of supreme rich families who controlled the United States from behind the curtain.
He said the only way to fight their onslaught was a cultivation of knowledge and awareness, and Cuba was an example for us which had been facing pressures from the USA bravely for the last 50 years.