HHS Declares a Public Health Emergency for Puerto Rico

On August 12, 2016, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell declared a public health emergency for Puerto Rico, signaling that the current spread of Zika virus poses a significant threat to the public health of pregnant women and children born to pregnant women with Zika in the Commonwealth. The declaration is a tool that provides support for officials in Puerto Rico to address the outbreak on the island and underscores the public health risk of Zika, particularly to pregnant women and women of childbearing age. Read the declaration and view the full press release.

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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