Tag Archives: Puerto Rico

Centro Medico in Rio Piedras Reports Hepatitis A Outbreak

Centro Medico in Rio Piedras Reports Hepatitis A Outbreak

The director of the island’s Medical Services Administration says at least 26 cases have been reported among employees at the Centro Medico in Rio Piedras. Irving Jimenez said Wednesday that it appears the employees all had bought food from an unlicensed street vendor. Officials say that no patients so far have been infected. Hepatitis A is a highly contagious virus …

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Hilary Clinton Less Than 30 Delegates Away from Nomination

Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton won the Democratic primary in Puerto Rico on Sunday. The victory puts her just 30 delegates away from the 2,383 delegates needed to become the Democratic presidential nominee. She won approximately 64 percent of the vote while her rival for the nomination, Bernie Sanders, won 34 percent. “We just won Puerto Rico! ¡Gracias a la Isla del Encanto por esta …

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Puerto Rico Seeks Electric Power Bill Increase, Sparking Outrage

Puerto Rico Seeks Electric Power bill Increase, Sparking Outrage

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s heavily indebted electric company announced Tuesday that it is seeking a more than 20 percent increase in the island’s already high power bills, sparking outrage among many. The Electric Power Authority said the increase would allow it to keep operating and help boost its dwindling liquidity. Officials said the additional revenue also would …

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Puerto Rico to Default on More than $420 Million Debt

Puerto Rico to Default on More than $420 Million in Debts

Governor Alejandro García Padilla of Puerto Rico said Sunday that the island territory will not be making a payment of more than $420 million of its debts.  It is not the first such payment Puerto Rico has defaulted on, but it is the largest. The territory will likely default on additional payments owed on July 1st unless Congress intervenes. Despite the fact its …

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1st US Zika-Related Death Reported in Puerto Rico

1st US Zika-Related Death Reported in Puerto Rico

The first death related to the mosquito-borne Zika virus infection on US soil was reported Friday in the US territory of Puerto Rico, health officials said. “The patient died of complications related to severe thrombocytopenia,” a condition related to a low number of platelets in the blood, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. “Although Zika virus–associated deaths …

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Federal Judge Rules Decision on Same-Sex Marriage Doesn’t Apply to Puerto Rico

Federal Judge Rules Decision on Same-Sex Marriage Doesn't Apply to Puerto Rico

A federal judge ruled this week that the groundbreaking Supreme Court decision affirming the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry doesn’t apply to residents of Puerto Rico. U.S. District Court Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez published the decision Tuesday, arguing that Puerto Rico’s ban on gay marriage is constitutional because Puerto Rico—an unincorporated territory—was not affirmatively identified in the Supreme Court …

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Puerto Rico Governor Declares Zika Virus Emergency

Puerto Rico Governor Declares Zika Virus Emergency

Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla on Friday declared a public health emergency because of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, a government statement said. Puerto Rican health officials have confirmed 22 cases, including a pregnant woman and a man with Zika who developed Guillain-Barre syndrome, a separate government statement said. Guillain-Barre is a rare disorder in which the body’s immune system …

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