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Environmental Health Specialists From States Head To Territory To Help With Restaurant Inspections

Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer: Portland health inspector Michele Sturgeon goes through kitchen at El Rayo Taqueria Monday, September 24, 2012 with executive chef Cheryl Lewis.

Waitress writing a food order, customer selecting food and drinks

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FAIRFAX, Va. — Environmental health specialists from Virginia are heading to the territory to help with hurricane-recovery efforts.

Two teams are scheduled to head Sunday to the islands of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix and return on Feb. 27.

Five of the 12 specialists being deployed are from Fairfax County. The rest are from the state, Henrico County, and the cities of Alexandria, Chesapeake and Richmond.

The teams will work with Virgin Islands government officials to conduct restaurant inspections and provide education on sanitation issues.

Hurricanes Irma and Maria battered the islands in September.

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