As Puerto Rico grinds into its recovery from Hurricane Maria, public health experts say the island faces yet another challenge: tropical mosquitoes.Big storms generally disrupt mosquito populations—at first. “Within a week or so, you tend to see the situation come back to…

The damage to communities in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria is slowly coming into focus.Mayors from more than 50 communities held an emotional meeting in San Juan to report on the damage. Given the lack of power, communicating in person was their only option. The…

Puerto Rico lost 12% of its more than 10,000 medics and surgeons between 2005-2013—an exodus to the US mainland that has triggered a cascade of problems for patients and hospitals.   For physicians, the lure of the mainland includes better working conditions, resources,…

Tourism-dependent Puerto Rico might be downplaying its burden from the Zika virus, some observers charge.   Of more than 3,300 pregnant women known to have contracted the virus, Puerto Rico has reported just 16 cases of Zika-associated congenital defects. Compare that to…

Since last year, about 40,000 cases of Zika have been confirmed in Puerto Rico, though the true number of people infected could be closer to 1 million. 3,200 pregnant women are among the confirmed cases.   Severe brain damage has been identified in about a dozen babies born…

Puerto Rico is facing a health care crisis after a decade of an unraveling system that forces patients to wait months—or even years—for medical care. A looming debt crisis threatens the country’s ability to cover the $2.8 million annual budget forcing a “Medicaid cliff” in…

After leaving for a lengthy summer recess without passing key bills—including a Zika bill—the US Congress heads back into session today. Preventing a government shutdown takes top priority, but passing the $1.1 billion Zika spending bill is also high on the list.