Cuba Recalls Doctor Finlay on the Centennial of his Death

finlayHavana, Aug 7 (Prensa Latina) A representation of the national scientific community and the diplomatic staff accredited in this capital will pay tribute today to Cuban physician Carlos Juan Finlay Barres (1833-1915), discoverer of the transmitting agent of yellow fever.

Cuban professionals will march to Finlay’s tomb located at the Havana’s Colon Cemetery, to lay a wreath in memory of the scientist who developed an anti-vector plan as a solution to eradicate the disease in the 19th century, caused by female mosquito Aedes aegypti bites.

According to a source from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, the event is part of the activities for the 100th death anniversary of the Cuban illustrious sage, which took place in Havana on August 19, 1915.

The eminent doctor advanced in decades to the scientific development of his time, when he established in 1881 the theory of the spread of the disease.

After stating the new mode of transmission, through an intermediate biological agent that spread a disease from a sick to Healthy person, Finlay broke the epidemiological conceptions of his time, according to which the pathologies were disseminated for direct contact among people or the influence of an environmental factor.

With his revolutionary theory, which clearly explained how to transmit infectious diseases and how to eradicate them, Finlay made his main contribution to global knowledge.

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