UNESCO to Deliver Microbiology Award in Cuba

Source:  Prensa Latina
August 7 2015

unescoThe Carlos Juan Finlay Microbiology Award by the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) will be awarded in Cuba in December this year, as announced in this capital Friday.

UNESCO awards with this distinction the people who have excelled or stimulated people or institutions, working with a wide outstand in the fields of the investigations in Microbiology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Genetics and others.

This year, the Cuban Commission for UNESCO prepared activities for the centennial of the death of the eminent scientist on the island, Carlos Juan Finlay, said Alicia González, general secretary of the organization.

A representation of the national scientific community made a pilgrimage to the tomb of Finlay in the Necropolis of Colon, Havana, where they laid a wreath in memory of the prominent physician, who died in Havana on August 20, 1915.

Finlay was decades ahead of the scientific development of his time in 1881 when he established the theory metaxénica concerning the spread of the disease and enunciated a new mode of disease transmission through an intermediate biological agent that spreads a condition of a sick person to a healthy one.

By breaking  Epidemiological conceptions of his time, with his revolutionary theory he explained how infectious diseases were transmitted and how to eradicate them.

For his contribution to rid the world of yellow fever or black vomit, and the opportunity it provided to eliminate other illnesses, Carlos J. Finlay is considered a benefactor of mankind.

Source:  UNESCO to Deliver Microbiology Award in Cuba  Prensa Latina

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