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   PR Health Secretary Ana Ruis SAN JUAN – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Tuesday that blood should no longer be collected from regions where the Zika virus is circulating, and that blood needed for transfusions be obtained from areas of the country without active transmission. Following the

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The Zika virus might be more damaging to a fetus than research to this point has previously suggested, potentially causing a range of life-threatening birth defects, a new report says. The stillborn baby of a 20-year-old Brazilian woman infected with Zika had almost no brain tissue, which is a birth

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MIAMI – The Medicare administrator contracted to work in the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Florida has reduced the number and kinds of eye procedures that will be paid for by the federal government. First Coast Service Options, Inc. (FCSO) said today that four types of specific eye care procedures

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SAN JUAN – U.S. airlines have slashed leisure fares to Puerto Rico in recent months to lure travelers to the debt-strapped island, hit by economic turmoil and lately the arrival of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The lowest fares to San Juan have fallen 22 percent on average from a year

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As reported in today’s Zika surveillance report, the Virgin Islands Department of Health confirmed two additional cases of Zika on St. Croix, bringing the total to four cases. “This is not unexpected,” the V.I. Health Department said in a prepared statement. “The Department of Health is sending new samples for

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ATLANTA – The Virgin Islands government is the only state, territory or commonwealth in the United States not to report its flu statistics to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. Nearby Puerto Rico is reporting high levels of a particular kind

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WASHINGTON – Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tweeted a damning picture of Zika virus research blaming “50 years of neglect” on the current crisis facing the whole world. Testifying before politicians in Washington, Dr. Frieden warned that a vaccine could be “years

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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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