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Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Fears of the Zika virus have a double impact in the Caribbean, where vulnerability to the mosquito-borne disease, linked to microcephaly and other fetal brain damage, challenges an economy dependent largely on tourism. Since January, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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SAN JUAN — Only a small fraction of contraceptives donated in Puerto Rico to prevent Zika-related birth defects are expected to get to the women who need them this month, public health officials told the Virgin Islands Free Press. The donations – tens of thousands of intrauterine devices and birth

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  ATLANTA — In the first reporting of Zika-related birth defects in the United States, federal health officials said Thursday that three babies have been born with these birth defects while three pregnancies have been lost because of brain damage caused by the virus. Those six cases will likely not

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Dr. Michelle Davis CHRISTIANSTED — The V.I. Department of Health reported two new cases of Zika in the territory. According to the weekly Zika surveillance report, the total number of confirmed positive cases in the USVI is now 26, with 16 cases on St. Croix, nine cases on St. Thomas and one on

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              Dr. Arthur Dunk GEORGE TOWN — There are only 400 registered bone marrow donors throughout the whole Caribbean region, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. The Caribbean Bone Marrow Registry has launched a donor drive with the goal of reaching at least 1,000 donors by the end of

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Health Commissioner Dr. Michelle Davis CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Department of Health reported three new cases of the Zika virus in the territory, but none of the new cases involved a pregnant woman. According to the weekly surveillance report, there were also 15 cases of dengue in the territory,

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Ahh, Memorial Day! For generations of Americans, the holiday has marked the beginning of the season of sunscreen, barbecues and chlorine. It’s when you start putting sticky notes all over the guidebooks for that exotic trip abroad. And when you start tuning out at work and daydreaming about lying on a hammock with a

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (DLCA) put supermarkets in the territory on notice that “deplorable” conditions will no longer be tolerated. DLCA Commissioner Devin Carrington said that unclean floors, rotting food on the shelves and many other dangerous and unsanitary conditions visible in Virgin Islands supermarkets

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CHRISTIANSTED – Five beaches in the territory have failed in water quality testing done by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) and are not considered safe to swim or fish in. DPNR said Friday that the Buccaneer beach, Grapetree Bay and the Frederiksted public beach on St. Croix

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SAN JUAN — About 100 scouts and executives descended upon Puerto Rico this week to watch high school shortstop Delvin Perez, a possible top-five pick in the June draft. One of the officials texted a picture of bug spray with 30 percent DEET, accompanied by a two-word caption: “I’m prepared.”

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