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         Health’s Juan Figueroa-Serville V.I. Health Commissioner Juan Figueroa-Serville passed along the following communiqué  from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta: In May 2015, the World Health Organization reported the first local transmission of Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere, with autochthonous (locally acquired)

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     Haiti’s Florence Duperval Guillaume PORT-AU-PRINCE – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning pregnant woman and others to be aware when traveling to countries where a new mosquito-borne illness — possibly linked to babies born with small, undeveloped brains in Brazil — has appeared. The

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ATLANTA – As expected, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel alert Friday evening, warning people about the risk of traveling to countries in the Americas affected by the Zika virus, a mosquito-born illness linked to an epidemic of birth defects in Brazil. Pregnant women should avoid

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal health officials are expected to make a decision either today or tomorrow on whether to warn pregnant women against travel to Caribbean and Latin American countries where the Zika virus has been confirmed. According to the New York Times, they’re considering the warning because of the

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HAMBURG – A virologist at the Bernhard-Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Germany has suggested that Zika virus infection is the only vector-borne disease that may be transmitted by sexual intercourse. The first suggestion that you could get Zika virus infection from both a mosquito as well as a sexual

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Trinidad’s Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh PORT OF SPAIN – Swine flu (H1N1) has claimed its fifth victim in Trinidad and the government there says the number of confirmed cases has risen from 29 to 46, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. Trinidad and Tobago Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh confirmed

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Ministry of Health says it is monitoring eight suspected cases of the Zika virus. At a press conference on Friday, Minister of Health John Boyce said samples will be sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad and Tobago for confirmatory testing and the

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           Guyana’s Dr. George Norton GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The Ministry of Public Health has received confirmation that a Guyanese patient who was hospitalized after displaying symptoms of swine flu has been infected with the H1N1 virus which causes the disease. The patient who was being treated

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Slate online magazine has singled out the U.S. Virgin Islands for its “horrifying” treatment of the mentally ill. Slate says that “25 percent of the prison population” in the territory is comprised of people who are mentally ill. An NPR report from 2007 noted that “the U.S.

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Board Chairman Troy de Chabert-Schuster CHRISTIANSTED – For the first time in more than four years the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center is free of the threat of decertification by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The news came January 1 and those in attendance

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