DENGUE FEVER AWARENESS DAY
You cannot understand the possibilities and probabilities of how AIDS
and other strange diseases have emerged, unless you have a firm
foundation in the larger political context.
Dengue fever outbreaks, it would seem on the surface, are nothing
suspicious. It is a common disease, affecting millions of people
around the world, mostly in tropical climates, every year. In one sense,
it is not a serious disease, because most infected people recover. It
causes severe flu-like symptoms. More serious is the
hemorrhagic version of the disease, which is potentially fatal.
It has no treatment, at present. The World Health Organization calls
it "the most important and rapidly increasing arbovirus in the world".
The more that you research the history, however, the more murky
the issues become.
I knew for years that there were biowar allegations concerning
dengue fever and Cuba, but I had never researched them, until
this year. I found it extremely difficult to locate any information,
but after feverish investigation (no pun intended), I managed
to find at least at least a little.
In 1956 and 1958, declassified documents have revealed, the US
Army loosed swarms of specially bred mosquitoes in Georgia and
Florida to see whether disease-bearing insects could be weapons
in biological war . The mosquitoes were of the Aedes Aegypti
type, the precise carrier of dengue fever.
In 1967, Science magazine reported that at the US government
center Fort Detrick, Maryland, dengue fever was among those
diseases that were "objects of considerable research and that
appear to be among those regarded as potential BW [biological
In 1984, a Cuban exile on trial in New York testified that in
the latter part of 1980, a ship traveled from Florida to Cuba
with "a mission to carry some germs to Cuba to be used against
the Cuban economy".
CIA documents released in 1977, as reported in the Washington
Post, disclosed that the Agency "maintained a clandestine anti-crop
ware' research program"- a revelation giving credence to Cuba's
allegations about extensive crop and livestock biowar attacks.
In 1985, dengue fever struck Managua, Nicaragua shortly after an
increase of U.S. reconnaissance missions . Nearly half of the
city's population was stricken. It was the first such epidemic in
Similarly, the first known outbreaks occurred in Cuba
during 1978-1979 and in 1981, the very same time that gay
men were being inoculated with experimental vaccines in
New York and San Francisco, immediately before AIDS
appeared in each city. Nearly half a million dengue fever
cases hit Cuba in the first epidemic. In 1981, there were
some 300,000 cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever.
The Covert Action Information Bulletin, which tracks
the workings of various intelligence agencies around the
world, suggested that this outbreak was the result of a
release of mosquitoes by Cuban counterrevolutionaries.
The magazine tracked the activities of one CIA operative
from a facility in Panama to the alleged Cuban connections.