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Health Commissioner Juan Figueroa-Serville CHRISTIANSTED – The Virgin Islands Department of Health says that it is closely monitoring the first documented case of the Zika virus reported in neighboring Puerto Rico. Acting Health Commissioner Juan Figueroa-Serville said the person affected in San Juan is a person with no known travel

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SAN JUAN – Health officials in Puerto Rico reported the island’s first case of Zika, a mosquito-borne virus recently linked to the rise of a serious neurological disorder among newborns in Brazil. “There is no reason for alarm, and the public should continue to take commonsense steps to avoid mosquito

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  HONOLULU — It’s peak tourism season in Hawaii, and the state’s Department of Health has issued a warning for visitors and residents: dengue fever is spreading on the Big Island. At least 150 people on Hawaii Island have been infected with the mosquito-borne virus. Experts say there’s no need

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WASHINGTON – More than 210,000 people suffer an episode of food-borne illness every day in the Americas, including the Caribbean. Half of those afflicted are children under five, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says. With that in mind, PAHO has recommended five “keys” to safer food for the holiday

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FORT-DE-FRANCE – Martinique is just the latest Caribbean country or territory in the Americas to report autochthonous, or local transmission of Zika virus, according to a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Epidemiological report this week. This makes the island in the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea the 11th

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DEAD FROM SWINE FLU AT 28: Stacy Ramkissoon PORT OF SPAIN – The Ministry of Health is awaiting the result of an autopsy on the body of Stacy Ramkissoon, to confirm that she died from the H1N1 (swine flu) virus. If confirmed, it will be the fourth known swine flu

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WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration has advised consumers not to purchase or use two weight loss products – Jenesis and Oasis Bee Pollen. The products are promoted and sold for weight loss on www.beeextremelyamazed.com and www.beefitamy.com. They are also promoted on the firm’s Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts.

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RECALLED: Dove Chocolate Snowflakes HACKETTSTOWN, New Jersey – A recall was issued on Friday for Dove-brand chocolate snowflakes sold at Wal-Mart that might be mixed in with Snickers, Milky Way or Twix pieces. They could be dangerous for customers with peanut allergies who aren’t expecting the bag to contain nuts,

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By ZAID JILANI/THE INTERCEPT Caribbean nations have long served as tax havens for the world’s economic elite, with many offering so-called economic citizenship where, for large payments, one can simply buy citizenship in their countries. That can save the 1 percent a pretty penny. Overseas tax evasion costs the U.S.

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The Au Clair School opened in Wilmington, Del., in 1969. A decade later, the Wilmington New-Journal started writing about abuse of autistic children at the facility. Former workers said they witnessed children being beaten at Au Clair as part of their “treatment.” The newspaper described children hit with plastic bats

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