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Puerto Rico Gets $2M To Fight Zika Virus In Its Isolated Mountain Interiors; But The V.I. Gets Bupkis

SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico has been awarded more than $2 million in federal funds to fight Zika across mountain communities in the U.S. territory’s interior.

Health officials said Thursday that the money from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration will be used to provide medical services and educate people about the mosquito-borne virus.

Puerto Rico has recorded nearly 36,000 cases of Zika, including 2,880 pregnant women. At least 10 babies have been born with Zika-related birth defects, and five people infected with the virus have died.

WILLING TO POSE TOPLESS IN PHOTOS TO DISTRIBUTE TO ‘FAMILY’ AND ‘FRIENDS’: But Non-voting Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett of New York is NOT willing to work hard on issues of importance to normal Virgin Islanders, such as the very dangerous Zika virus. Plaskett did not secure matching funds for the USVI when Puerto Rico got $2 million to spend in unpopulated mountain areas of its interior.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

1 Comment

  1. Linda Camacho
    December 29, 2016 at 1:41 PM — Reply

    Unfortunately, this article is loaded with disinformation. I’m really disappointed. By the way, PR got a payout of .57 per citizen. At that rate, we would get less than $62 thousand dollars. I realize that every penny helps, but we’re not going to get it by spreading lies.

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