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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico on Friday because of the Zika virus, sending a message to the island that the virus, which has infected more than 10,000 residents, should be taken seriously. The warning came more than six months after the World

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ATLANTA  – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added more Caribbean countries to its growing list of the Zika virus travel alert. The Atlanta, Georgia-based CDC added the Cayman Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and the Turks and Caicos Islands to its interim travel guidance related to Zika

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              AUTHOR: Melanie Myers By MELANIE MYERS/Special to the V.I. Free Press NEW YORK — When music artist Kehlani posted photos of herself after her suicide attempt on Instagram, she was bombarded with backlash on the post itself as well as on Twitter and

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Department of Health (DOH) reports 14 new cases of Zika in the territory. According to the weekly surveillance report, the total number of confirmed positive cases in the territory is now 79 — 20 cases on St. Croix, 58 cases on St. Thomas, and one on

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CRUZ BAY — Terminix has offered to pay $87 million to the Delaware family seriously sickened by a pesticide at a St. John resort last year, the company said in an earnings report on Thursday. About $3 million related to the family’s claims have already been paid, and a “tentative

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SANTO DOMINGO — At least 1,400 Americans contracted Zika while traveling outside the U.S. this year and a Caribbean island nation is one of the top destinations where they caught the virus, according to statistics released by three U.S. states. Visitors to the Dominican Republic account for more than a

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CHRISTIANSTED — Five beaches in St. Croix 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 this weekend that Stoney Ground, the Frederiksted public beach, Columbus Landing Site, Pelican Cove (Cormorant) and Cane Bay should

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SANTO DOMINGO — U.S. health officials are warning about the dangers of “medical tourism” after at least 18 women from the East Coast became infected with a disfiguring bacteria following plastic surgery procedures they had in the Dominican Republic. The infections, caused by a type of germ called mycobacteria, can

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Department of Health (DOH) said on Wednesday that there are 15 new cases of Zika in the territory. According to the weekly surveillance report, the total number of confirmed positive cases in the territory now stands at 47 — 18 cases on St. Croix and

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MARIGOT — Authorities in Sint Maarten are offering  a $2,793.30 reward for information leading to the arrest and capture of Kathron “Cuchi” Fortune, a convicted killer who escaped from prison and is wanted for questioning in the brutal stabbing death and rape of a Belgian tourist. The court in Sint

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