Entries in Cuba (2)


Cholera Outbreak in Havana

Stockbyte/ThinkStock(HAVANA) -- After three people died in the south-eastern town of Manzanillo from cholera, a patient in Havana has been diagnosed with the same infection, according to the BBC.

In Cuba 1,000 have sought out medical treatment and more than 50 were infected.

Four hospitals are prepared to isolate patients, and the authorities believe the outbreak is under control.

They speculate that people drank from contaminated wells, which caused their illness.

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Did Guantanamo Doctors Ignore Signs of Torture?

John Moore/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A review of the medical records of nine individuals held at Guantanamo Bay who alleged abusive interrogation methods found that “the specific allegations of torture are highly consistent with the physical and psychological evidence documented in the medical records.”

The report shows that the medical personnel, instead of investigating the possibility of abusive treatment, commonly recorded physiological symptoms consistent with torture as being due to “personality disorders” and “routine stressors of confinement.”

Authored by individuals either employed or involved with Physicians for Human Rights -- one of whom has served as a medical expert in eight of nine cases -- the study's findings are in contrast to psychological assessments conducted by non-governmental experts who found symptoms fitting major depression and/or post-traumatic stress disorder in all nine cases.

Their findings were published in PLoS Medicine.

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