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Global health emergencies understandably stoke fear, panic and wild claims. Exaggerations about Ebola were PolitiFact’s 2014 Lie of the Year. And now rumors about Zika, a virus linked to birth defects, are taking the Internet by storm. One of the claims goes something like this: Zika is caused by genetically

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“Life’s A Beach” by WESLEY SMALL/V.I. FREE PRESS COLUMNIST “Singing For Their Supper!” The Virgin Islands school lunch program is running out of money. How much you ask? Oh, just about 4.6 million dollars! What’s that you say? This is only the second month of the year! How can that

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The Caribbean is one of the most tourism-dependent regions in the world. But the Zika virus outbreak is putting U.S. travelers off of visiting the Caribbean and Latin America – with 41 per cent planning to steer clear. Tour firms have yet to report dips due to the virus –

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The World Health Organization on Monday declared the spread of the Zika virus an international public health emergency, a rare move that signals the seriousness of the outbreak and gives countries powerful new tools to fight it. The outbreak of Zika, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, began in Brazil last

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KINGSTON –Jamaican health officials confirmed the  nation’s first case of the Zika virus Saturday in a 4-year-old child who recently returned from a trip to Texas. The child, who has now recovered, began showing symptoms Jan. 17 after visiting that U.S. state, Jamaica’s Ministry of Health said in a statement.

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                   Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp CHRISTIANSTED – The Virgin Islands government said today that it has an action plan to prevent the spread of the Zika virus. The Preliminary Action Plan was established this week with the assistance of Health Commissioner nominee,

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Epidemiologist Dr. Esther Ellis WASHINGTON – Nine months after the Zika virus was first discovered in South America, international health organizations are still struggling with how to confront what appears to be the largest global public health crisis since Ebola decimated eastern Africa in 2014. U.S. researchers have blasted the

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The government of Japan and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) launched the $15 million Japan-Caribbean climate change partnership (J-CCCP) on Thursday, in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature

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NEW YORK – A Long Island woman who recently traveled abroad is one of New York’s first confirmed cases of the Zika virus, which health officials say is spreading ”explosively” across the Americas. The news comes as U.S. officials are urging travelers to the Caribbean and Latin America, the Virgin

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MIAMI – Carnival, Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian cruise lines are allowing pregnant women to reschedule their journeys if they had booked a cruise to a destination where a Zika virus health warning is in effect. “Royal Caribbean will assist any pregnant women who do not feel comfortable sailing to countries

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