Reflections by comrade Fidel
As Reported By Science Magazine
Earlier, when I wrote the Reflection published today in Cubadebate and the National TV News,
I had not read a report issued in
Of course, it was not intended to prove me right when it repeated several times that I had accused Mexico of hiding the epidemic until Obama’s visit to Mexico had concluded.
I went on to read the press dispatch thanks to the
bulletins that bring news from the international press which were not included
in the 326 pages published yesterday by the press agencies accredited in
It is an AP article of particular interest at this moment. What does it say exactly?
“Obama's April 16 visit came a week before Mexican health officials announced swine flu was spreading, prompting an eventual mass shutdown that brought many parts of the country to a virtual halt.
published Monday in the journal Science estimated
"’It's very difficult to quantify the human health impact at this stage," he said.
“The analysis in Science suggests there are many
more cases than those confirmed by laboratories -- anywhere from 6,000 to
32,000 cases in
“Researchers also compared the DNA of the viruses in 23 confirmed cases, and came up with an estimate of Jan. 12 for their earliest common ancestor -- presumably when person-to-person transmission began. But they said it could have been anywhere from Nov. 3 to March 2.
“The researchers said the 2009 H1N1 flu appears to be about equal in severity to the flu of 1957 and less severe than the deadly 1918 version.
“But six of Mexico's 31 states put off reopening schools for a week because of local rises in the number of flu cases, and a seventh pushed it back a day to Tuesday. The Education Department said it will tack an extra seven days onto the school calendar to make up for the lost time.
“But while officials praised the health and
education systems for their response to the crisis, there were signs that
“Dozens of government health care workers, including doctors and nurses, marched and blocked streets in the Gulf coast city of Jalapa to demand higher pay and better working conditions.
"’The government asked our help in combatting the influenza epidemic, now we are asking the government to do us justice," said nurse Mariana Cortes, one of the protest organizers.”
I made such an effort to prove that there were
symptoms from the end of March, five weeks before the official announcement of
the epidemic! The Science magazine offers
its view that the disease possibly emerged in
I did not write that report or the article in Science. As it reports 10 times the
number of patients I mentioned, and it is supported by one of the most
prestigious scientific magazines in the world, I wonder if the President or his
Party leaders have visited the
Not long ago I observed with concern that the honorable President of Mexico was upset about a Reflection where I criticized his distinguished predecessor. How foolish of me to mention that vestal virgin of the Mexican oligarchy! He felt forced to protest in a public comment.
Some seem to wonder in what capacity I speak. I have
said it very clearly: as “Comrade Fidel.” I am a proud member of the Communist
Party of Cuba. The title of the Reflection that so embittered President
Calderon was “What Occurred To Me.” It was really what occurred to me as I read
his statement against
I have nothing else to say today.
Fidel Castro Ruz
May 14, 2009