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U.S., Puerto Rican Health Officials Quarrel Over Zika Reporting, Case Definitions

STAT: Feud erupted between CDC, Puerto Rico over reporting of Zika cases, document shows
“U.S. health officials have privately expressed deep concern that Puerto Rico is downplaying the extent of its Zika problem and have struggled to get a grasp on the issue because of a protracted and ugly dispute with health officials in the territory, according to a document obtained by STAT. The rift was so contentious that, at one point, health leaders in Puerto Rico refused to meet with their counterparts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The multipage document suggests that the dispute has obscured the extent of the territory’s Zika problem for more than half a year…” (Branswell, 5/1).

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