A measure of the economic deterioration that has taken place in Cuba is the recent outbreak of cholera. It has been more than 100 years since cholera last was seen on the island of the palms. According to an account published in the Jamaica Observer today, at least fifteen people have died as a result of the disease.
Official Cuban government spokesmen at first denied the existence of the disease, then admitted to three deaths and fifty people having been stricken in Granma province. Cholera is a bacterial infection that is usually transmitted through fecal contamination of food or drinking water. There are more than 800,000 people living in Granma province located in southeastern Cuba.
Meanwhile, Raul Castro is safely on the other side of the world today. He is in Vietnam paying tribute to the grave of Ho Chi Minh.