October 16, 2020.

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, October 16, 2020 – The Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center (“JFL”) announces the availability of the Exactech GPS® Guided Personalized Surgery technology to offer guided personalized total knee surgeries for patients of JFL on the island of St. Croix.

Exactech is the latest advancement in technology that provides surgeons with real-time visual guidance and alignment data in total knee surgery. Similar to vehicle navigation, this advanced platform provides a visual map of the patient’s joint on a screen, allowing surgeons to easily make adjustments, and use minimally invasive techniques to align the implant.

According to Interim CEO Dyma B. Williams, RN, BSN, CPHRM, MJ, “JFL is looking to the future for innovations that will move the provision of healthcare forward. As we move into JFL North at the end of this year, we are excited to provide innovations that will bring healing to our community. We thank Dr. Chase for bringing his surgeon expertise in conjunction with the JFL Team for the successful surgeries of our first three Exactech knee joint patients.”

According to Dr. Chase, “I have successfully performed six total knee replacements and one total hip replacement at JFL using this technology. The goal is to have our patients recover with minimal discomfort, minimal hospital stay, and minimal risk. Our collaboration with Exactech allows for precise surgical planning and execution. I am thrilled that our community members no longer need to travel off-island for state of the art joint replacements. I am also really excited about the new interim JFL facility that I have toured and can say is state of the art. The JFL Team has dedicated much time and effort to make this program successful. Together, JFL and I look forward to keeping our community healthy and moving.”

Exactech GPS combines surgeon expertise with an advanced computer system to perform the patient’s knee surgery with a goal of advanced accuracy and precision. Personalized for a patient’s unique bone structure and anatomy, Exactech GPS allows surgeons to decide where to remove bone and place the knee implant in the optimal position.

For more information about Exactech GPS or to schedule an appointment and initial evaluation with Dr. Chase, call (340) 692-5000.


August 22, 2020

The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (DLCA) Division of Consumer Affairs, notifies the public that on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that Fairbult Foods Inc., a Fairbult Minnesota establishment, recalled approximately 15,000 of canned soup product due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

The cans labeled as chicken noodle soup actually contain a meatball and pasta product. The canned soup items were produced on May 26, 2020 and bear an establishment number “EST18826A” printed on the bottom of the can under the best by date. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide. The following products are subject to recall:

14-oz. cans of “PROGRESSO ORGANIC CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP” with a best by date of “BestByMAY262022” printed on the bottom of the can and a best by date of “09JUN2022” printed on the product case.

The problem was discovered when the firm’s distributor notified FSIS of consumer complaints that the soup contained meatballs and pasta instead of chicken and noodles. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. For more information on the recall, you may visit the USDA website at or contact the General Mills Consumer Help Line at 1-800-200-9377.

For consumer related issues, you may email us at or call our hotlines on St. Croix 340-727-SCAM(7226) or St.Thomas/St. John at 340-771-SCAM(7226). You may file a consumer complaint or visit our recall page at If you have any questions, concerns or issues with contacting our office, you may call the Office of the Commissioner at 340-713-6916 or 340-725-5129.



August 10, 2020

The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (DLCA) Division of Consumer Affairs, notifies the public that on Tuesday, July 30, 2020, Albek de Mexico S.A. de C.V issued a voluntarily nationwide recall of specific lots and brands of hand sanitizer currently in United States distribution to the consumer level. The recall was a cautionary measure due to a detection
of methanol in hand sanitizer samples manufactured by Albek when product was presented for import into the United States.

NEXT Hand Sanitizer is one of the products that is being recalled and is currently sold in the Virgin Islands Territory. The affected Next Hand Sanitizer lots include those that end in; 1001,1002, 1003, 1004 and 1005 with a UPC of 650240053573.

As per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), substantial methanol exposure could result in serious health effects (including nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, severe abdominal pain, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, nervous system damage) or death. Persons using methanol-based products on their hands may be at risk.

Virgin Islands businesses that are selling these hand sanitizers (or “antiseptic) must take these products off the shelf immediately and return to the distributor or manufacturer. Consumers who purchased the product should discontinue its use and return the product to the retail store for a
full refund. Retailers should contact the distributor or manufacturer for specifics on receiving a credit/refund for the returned product.

WATCH: Officials from the World Health Organization gave strong warnings about the pandemic, telling reporters COVID-19 is "not even close to being over."

WHO Confirms that Coronavirus is not Airborne

March 30, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that the virus causing the disease COVID-19 is transmitted by contact with respiratory droplets that a person expels by sneezing or coughing, and instead there is no evidence of its transmission by air.

This was concluded by a report from that international body that evaluated the scientific evidence available so far. The finding concludes that it is not necessary to use masks to protect themselves from the virus, except in the case of health personnel.

However, the WHO document indicates that there is a risk of direct contagion if the recommended safety distance of one meter is not maintained since one is more exposed to respiratory droplets with infective capacity that a person infected by coughing or sneezing produces. Beyond that distance, the virus does not spread but falls to the ground by its own gravity.

The indirect contagion, on the other hand, is when a surface on which a person carrying the virus has coughed or sneezed is touched, and then the infected hand is brought to the mouth or eyes. Therefore, the extreme importance of handwashing with soap and environmental disinfection.

"Droplet transmission occurs when a person is in close contact (less than a meter) with another who has respiratory symptoms (such as coughs or sneezes) and thus is at risk of putting their own mucosa (mouth and nose) or their eyes exposed to their potentially infectious respiratory droplets ”, explains the study,“ thus, the contagion can take place by direct contact with an infected person or by contact with a surface or an object that they have used ”.

Airborne transmission only occurs in very specific circumstances linked to medical treatments in which an aerosol effect is generated, such as intubation or assisted breathing, the report points out.

In this way, the WHO emphasizes the rational use of personal protective equipment, such as masks, in the case of health workers, and stresses the need for them to be available to this personnel.

The number of new daily cases of coronavirus in the world continues to increase and in the last hours 66,000 positives were diagnosed, which is a record, and the global total stands at 693,224 infected, according to data released by the WHO today.





CDC Issues Domestic Travel Advisory for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut

March 29, 2020

Due to extensive community transmission of COVID -19 in the area, CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately. This Domestic Travel Advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health professionals, financial services, and food supply. These employees of critical infrastructure, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security ( icon), have a special responsibility to maintain normal work schedules. The Governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will have full discretion to implement this Domestic Travel Advisory.

Repatriation of US Citizens on the Diamond Princess is Underway in Japan

February 15, 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is supporting the Department of State-led mission to repatriate U.S. citizens who want to return to the United States from Japan, currently aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship. HHS is committed to protecting the health and safety of all Americans.

To fulfill the department's responsibilities to U.S. citizens, as well as to reduce the burden on the Japanese healthcare system, the U.S. government recommends that U.S. citizens disembark and return to the United States for further monitoring. These measures are consistent with the careful policies that have instituted to limit the potential spread of the disease.

There are approximately 400 U.S. citizens onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Due to the dynamic nature of the outbreak, the U.S. government recommends that U.S. citizens disembark and return to the United States.

Americans returned by flights chartered by the State Department will be subject to a 14-day, federal quarantine and be housed at two existing federal quarantine sites for repatriated travelers:

* Travis Air Force Base in California

*Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas

Those passengers returning from Japan will be housed separately from individuals already in quarantine from previous Wuhan repatriation flights. All travelers from Japan will be screened before boarding the State Department-chartered aircraft to prevent symptomatic travelers from departing Japan. These planes will be met by a team of U.S. Government personnel deployed there to assess the health of the passengers. The passengers will be screened before leaving the ship and monitored and evaluated by medical and public health personnel every step of the way, including before takeoff, during the flight, and after arrival. U.S. Government staff will conduct risk assessments to ensure the health of each traveler, including temperature checks and observation for respiratory symptoms.

Travelers will be monitored during the flight to Travis Air Force Base where all travelers will be screened again. Any passengers taken onward to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland will be monitored during that flight as well and screened upon arrival in Texas.


Watch:White House Gives Updates on Wuhan Coronavirus

CDC Confirms Person-to-Person Spread of New Coronavirus in the United States

January 30,2020

.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today confirmed that the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has spread between two people in the United States, representing the first instance of person-to-person spread with this new virus here.

Previously, all confirmed U.S. cases had been associated with travel to Wuhan, China, where an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by this novel coronavirus has been ongoing since December 2019. However, this latest 2019-nCoV patient has no history of travel to Wuhan, but shared a household with the patient diagnosed with 2019-nCoV infection on January 21, 2020.

Recognizing early on that the 2019-nCoV could potentially spread between people, CDC has been working closely with state and local partners to identify close contacts of confirmed 2019-nCoV cases. Public health officials identified this Illinois resident through contact tracing. Both patients are in stable condition.

“Given what we’ve seen in China and other countries with the novel coronavirus, CDC experts have expected some person-to-person spread in the US,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. “We understand that this may be concerning, but based on what we know now, we still believe the immediate risk to the American public is low.”

Limited person-to-person spread with 2019-nCoV has been seen among close contacts of infected travelers in other countries where imported cases from China have been detected. The full picture of how easily and sustainably the 2019-nCoV spreads is still unclear. Person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum, with some viruses being highly contagious (like measles) and other viruses being less so.


Third US Coronavirus Case Confirmed in California as China Death Toll Rises

January 26, 2020

A third U.S. case of the deadly new coronavirus that has killed more than 50 people in China has been confirmed in Southern California.

The Orange County Health Care Agency’s Communicable Disease Control Division said the individual was hospitalized in isolation in good condition. The patient had traveled from Wuhan, a Chinese city of 11 million people that is the outbreak's epicenter.

The Orange County agency said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed the diagnosis. The agency was working with the CDC and state Health Department, following up with people who had been in close contact with the patient and are at risk of infection.

"The current risk of local transmission remains low," the agency said in a statement. "There is no evidence that person-to-person transmission has occurred in Orange County."

The CDC says people who have casual contact with a case, such as in the same grocery store or movie theater, are at minimal risk of developing infection.

The first U.S. case, a Washington state man in his 30s, was diagnosed Tuesday. A second case, a woman in her 60s, was reported Friday in Chicago.

The CDC says more U.S. patients are likely. The virus, first diagnosed in China last month, has infected at least 1,975 people and killed 56 people there, according to that nation's National Health Commission.

The World Health Organization on Thursday declined to categorize the coronavirus as a global health emergency, saying there is no evidence of human-to-human infection outside China.

Second Travel-related Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Detected in United States

January 24, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today confirmed the second infection with 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the United States has been detected in Illinois. The patient recently returned from Wuhan, China, where an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by this novel coronavirus has been ongoing since December 2019.

The patient returned to the U.S. from Wuhan on January 13, 2020, and called a health care provider after experiencing symptoms a few days later. The patient was admitted to a hospital, where infection control measures were taken to reduce the risk of transmission to other individuals. The patient remains hospitalized in an isolation room in stable condition and is doing well.

Based on the patient’s travel history and symptoms, health care professionals suspected 2019-nCoV. A clinical specimen was collected and sent to CDC, where laboratory testing confirmed the infection. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) are investigating locations where this patient went after returning to Illinois and are identifying any close contacts who were possibly exposed. The patient has limited close contacts, all of whom are currently well and who will be monitored for symptoms. Since returning from China, the patient has had very limited movement outside the home.

CDC is taking aggressive public health measures to help protect the health of Americans. While CDC considers this a serious public health threat, based on current information, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to the general American public is considered low at this time. CDC is working closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Chicago Department of Public Health, and other local partners. A CDC team has been deployed to support the ongoing investigation.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing respiratory illness in people and others circulating among animals including camels, cats and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people, such as has been seen with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Investigations are ongoing to learn more, but person-to-person spread of 2019-nCoV is occurring.

It is likely there will be more cases reported in the U.S. in the coming days and weeks. CDC will continue to update the public as circumstances warrant. While the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, there are simple daily precautions that everyone should always take. It is currently flu and respiratory disease season, and CDC recommends getting vaccinated, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed. Right now, CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Wuhan, China. In addition, CDC recommends people traveling to China practice certain health precautions like avoiding contact with people who are sick and practicing good hand hygiene.


First Case of Coronavirus Detected in the United States

January 21, 2020

SEATTLE - A US citizen who recently returned from China has been diagnosed with the new virus unleashed in the Asian country and has forced health measures in various countries.

The man returned to the Seattle area in the middle of last week after traveling to the Wuhan area, where the outbreak began. The individual is around 30 years old and is in good condition at the hospital in Everett, outside Seattle.

The United States is the fifth country to report cases of the disease after China, Thailand, Japan and South Korea.

China Confirms Spread of Coronavirus, Surge in New Infections, Health Screening to Begin at 3 U.S. Airports for the Virus

January 20, 2020

China has reported its third death from a mysterious new virus and nearly 140 fresh cases as the disease spread to other parts of the country, including Beijing, raising concerns about more infections as millions begin trips for the Lunar New Year.

Medical experts are still struggling to understand the new strain of coronavirus but its connection with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome has caused alarm. SARS originated in southern China in 2002 before spreading to Hong Kong and elsewhere in the world, infecting thousands and leaving more than 800 people dead.

Coronaviruses usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, such as the common cold, but can also affect the lower respiratory tract, causing pneumonia or bronchitis.

In Wuhan, the city in central China where the new strain first emerged, 136 new cases were found over the past two days, the local health commission said, without giving details about the person who died.

Health authorities in Beijing's Daxing district said two people who had traveled to Wuhan were treated for pneumonia linked to the virus and are in stable condition.

Meanwhile, in the US The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began implementing enhanced health screenings to detect ill travelers traveling to the United States on direct or connecting flights from Wuhan, China. 

Travelers from Wuhan to the United States will undergo entry screening for symptoms associated with 2019-nCoV at three U.S. airports that receive most of the travelers from Wuhan, China: San Francisco (SFO), New York (JFK), and Los Angeles (LAX) airports.

Entry screening is part of a layered approach used with other public health measures already in place to detect arriving travelers who are sick (such as detection and reporting of ill travelers by airlines during travel and referral of ill travelers arriving at a US port of entry by CBP) to slow and reduce the spread of any disease into the United States.

CDC is deploying about 100 additional staff to the three airports (SFO, JFK, and LAX) to supplement existing staff at CDC quarantine stations located at those airports.

CDC Food Safety Alert- CDC Investigating Outbreak of Listeria Infections Linked to Hard-Boiled Eggs

CDC is concerned that bulk, fresh hard-boiled eggs produced by Almark Foods of Gainesville, Georgia, are contaminated with Listeria and have made people sick. These products were packaged in plastic pails for use nationwide by food service operators. These products have not been recalled. However, because Listeria can cause severe infections, CDC is warning against selling, serving, or using these eggs to make other food products.

Retailers and food service operators should know who supplies their bulk hard-boiled eggs. Consumers will not be able to tell if products they’ve purchased from stores contain these eggs, so it is important that people at higher risk for Listeria infections follow the advice listed below.

Advice for retailers and food service operators:

Retailers and food service operators should not use bulk hard-boiled eggs produced at the Almark Foods Gainesville, Georgia facility, regardless of use-by date.

These eggs were peeled, hard-boiled, and packaged in plastic pails of various sizes.

*Food processors and manufacturers should not use these eggs to make ready-to-eat foods, such as egg salad, deviled eggs, or sala

*These fresh hard-boiled eggs were packaged in plastic pails and have a 49-day shelf-life.

*Wash and sanitize any surfaces that may have come in contact with the eggs or the pail packaging. Listeria can easily spread to other foods and surfaces.

Retailers and food service operators should be aware of the following:

This advice does not include Almark Foods hard-boiled eggs sold directly to consumersexternal icon, or any other brands of hard-boiled eggs or products made with hard-boiled eggs. The data collected to date has not indicated that these products are linked to illness. This advice does not include eggs hard-boiled by retailers or restaurants.

Advice for people at higher risk for Listeria infection, such as pregnant women and their newborns, adults ages 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems, such as people with cancer or on dialysis:

*Until we learn more, CDC advises that people at higher risk for Listeria infection throw away any store-bought hard-boiled eggs or products containing hard-boiled eggs, such as egg salad.

If you have these products at home, don’t eat them. Throw them away, regardless of where you bought them or the use-by date.

Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators and freezers where the products were stored. Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator.

New Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Leafy Greens, with Cases in the United States and Canada.

December 12, 2019

CDC has identified a new outbreak of E. coli infections linked to leafy greens, with cases in the United States and Canada. Data indicates that Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp salads are a likely source of this outbreak. Look for information identifying this product on the front of the package and do not eat, serve, or sell it.

Key points: 

*CDC, along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and several states, is investigating an outbreak of eight coli O157:H7 infections in three states: Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.

*Canada has reported 16 people infected with the same strain.

*Three people have been hospitalized, including one person who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.

*This outbreak is caused by a different strain of coli than the current outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California, growing region.

*Romaine is one of the ingredients in the Sunflower Crisp salad kit, but the investigation is ongoing to determine what ingredient in the salad kit was contaminated.

CDC’s advice to consumers, retailers, and restaurants:

*Do not eat, sell, or serve Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits with this identifying information:

UPC 0 71279 30906 4, beginning with lot code Z, and a best-before date up to and including 07DEC19. This information is printed on the front of the bag in the top right corner. Retailers and restaurants should not sell or serve this salad kit.



6.2 Million Middle and High School Students Used Tobacco Products in 2019

.December 11,2019

About 6.2 million U.S. middle and high school students were current (past 30-day) users of some type of tobacco product in 2019, according to new National Youth Tobacco Survey.

The survey found that about 1 in 3 high school students (4.7 million) and about 1 in 8 middle school students (1.5 million) are current tobacco users.

For the sixth year in a row, e-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product among high school (27.5%) and middle school students (10.5%). Tobacco products used by middle and high school students were not limited to e-cigarettes, but also included cigars, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, hookahs, and pipe tobacco.

“Our Nation’s youth are becoming increasingly exposed to nicotine, a drug that is highly addictive and can harm brain development,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. “Youth use of any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe. It is incumbent upon public health and healthcare professionals to educate Americans about the risks resulting from this epidemic among our youth.”

Many of these students are also using more than one tobacco product. Among current tobacco product users, about 1 in 3 middle and high school students (2.1 million) used two or more tobacco products. Among youth, symptoms of nicotine dependence are increased in multiple tobacco product users compared with single tobacco product users.

Many factors influence youth tobacco product use

Multiple factors influence youth initiation and use of tobacco products. Today’s report assessed several of these factors, including tobacco product advertising and promotions, flavored tobacco products, curiosity, and misperceptions of harm.

What more can be done about youth tobacco use?

Comprehensive, sustained, evidence-based tobacco control strategies, combined with FDA regulation of tobacco products, are important for preventing and reducing tobacco product use among U.S. youths.

Given the evolving variety and availability of tobacco products, surveillance for all forms of youth tobacco product use and associated factors is important to inform action at the national, state, and community levels.

December 3,2019

1 in 5 Adolescents & 1 in 4 Young Adults Now Living With Prediabetes

Nearly 1 in 5 adolescents aged 12-18 years, and 1 in 4 young adults aged 19-34 years, are living with prediabetes, according to a new CDC studyexternal icon published today in JAMAexternal icon Pediatrics.

Prediabetes is a health condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. The condition also increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease, heart disease, and stroke.

Monitoring the percentage of adolescents and young adults with prediabetes can help determine the future risk of type 2 diabetes. To do this, CDC researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey covering the years 2005-2016.

“The prevalence of prediabetes in adolescents and young adults reinforces the critical need for effective public health strategies that promote healthy eating habits, physical activity, and stress management,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. “These lifestyle behaviors can begin early in a child’s life and should continue through adolescence and adulthood to reduce onset of type 2 diabetes.”

Key study findings:

Nearly 1 in 5 (18%) adolescents (those aged 12-18) and 1 in 4 (24%) young adults (aged 19-34 years) were living with prediabetes.

*The percentage of adolescents and young adults living with prediabetes was higher in males and participants with obesity.

*Hispanic young adults had higher rates of prediabetes compared to white young adults.

*Adolescents and young adults with prediabetes had significantly higher cholesterol levels, systolic blood pressure, abdominal fat and lower insulin sensitivity than those with normal glucose tolerance, which increased their risk of type 2 diabetes and other cardiovascular diseases.

“We’re already seeing increased rates of type 2 diabetes and diabetes-related complications in youth and young adults, and these new findings are evidence of a growing epidemic and a tremendously worrisome threat to the future of our nation’s health,” said Ann Albright, Ph.D., director of CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation. “Additional research is needed to support the development of interventions for youth and increasing access to programs that we know work for young adults, like the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.”

Research shows that adults with prediabetes who take part in a structured lifestyle-change program, including weight management and exercise, can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% (71% for people over 60 years old). Participation in the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle change program can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in those at high risk. The program, available to those aged 18 and older, is taught by trained lifestyle coaches, and encourages healthy, whole-life changes to help participants address barriers to improved nutrition, increased physical activity and coping mechanisms for stress reduction.

Parents can also help turn the tide on prediabetes by encouraging healthy eating and increased physical activity. They can aim for their children to get 60 minutes of physical activity a day.

There are several ways state and local organizations can create a supportive environment to promote healthy weight and help prevent diabetes related to obesity. States and communities can:

*Support mothers who choose to breastfeed.

*Work with early care and education centers and schools to improve healthy food and beverage offerings and opportunities for physical activity for children.

*Increase access to healthy and affordable foods. Make it easier and safer to walk and bike where families live, learn, work, and play.

November 30, 2019


Every year, December 1 is a day dedicated to commemorate those who have died, and to raise awareness about AIDS and the global spread of the HIV. This is a time for reflection on what we have achieved with regard to the national and global response to HIV, and what we still must achieve.

The first World AIDS Day was held in 1988 after health ministers from around the world met in London, England and agreed to such a day as a way of highlighting the enormity of the AIDS pandemic and the nations’ responsibility to ensure universal treatment, care, and support for people living with HIV and AIDS.

On Saturday, The Frederiksted Health Care Inc. partnered with the Vi. Department of health, The Village’s Progressive Lifestyle Program, St. Croix Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, CHS & SCEDC High Schools, STX Pride, Women’s Coalition & One Luv, Inc. to bring the awareness of Aids to the community.

Free HIV testing was provided at the Frederiksted Health Clinic from 5pm to 7pm.

Then, dozens of residents joined in with the memorial match from the Frederiksted Post Office on to Sfrand Street to the Verne Richards Memorial park on the Waterfront. Floating Lanterns were later released in the ocean and a great musical performance by the Central High School Golden Voices.

The theme of this year's commemoration is "Communities Make the Difference".



November 23, 2019

Health Officials Say to Throw Away Romaine Lettuce

The Centers for Disease Control is warning that if you have romaine lettuce in the house, get rid of it. If the packaging says that the lettuce came from Salinas, California, or if the packaging does not specify where it was produced, throw it in the trash.

The warning comes amid a growing outbreak of illnesses caused by the bacteria E. Coli. The CDC says that at least 40 people have been sickened across 16 states; 27 of the patients have been hospitalized. Evidence suggests that the contaminated romaine lettuce was harvested in Salinas. The Food and Drug Administration has sent investigators to Salinas to find the source of the contamination.

The CDC says that romaine lettuce harvested elsewhere is safe to eat. The organization says that “hydroponically- and greenhouse-grown romaine, which is voluntarily labeled as ‘indoor grown,’ from any region does not appear to be related to the current outbreak. There is no recommendation for consumers to avoid using romaine harvested from these other sources.”

The expanded recall comes on the heels of a separate warning put out by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday. The company Missa Bay recalled 75,000 pounds of packaged salad products due to E. coli risk.


November 22, 2019

Popular Heartburn Drug Being Recalled Over Fears It May Cause Cancer

.A new nationwide recall has been issued for a generic version of the heartburn and ulcer drug Zantac due to the potential presence of an impurity that could cause cancer. It’s the fourth recall for Ranitidine this month and the tenth since the initial recall in late September.

Golden State Medical Supply (GSMS) is recalling all quantities and lots of Ranitidine HCl 150mg and 300mg Capsules within certain expiration dates because of the potential presence of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) that are above levels established by the FDA.

NDMA is a nitrosamine. The FDA says nitrosamines can be found naturally in water, meats, dairy products, and vegetables, but NDMA is also a probable human carcinogen.

The November 6 recall by GSMS is based on a manufacturer’s recall by Novitium Pharma that was issued on October 25. GSMS says it has not received any reports of adverse events related to the recalled products.

The recalled capsules are:

Ranitidine Hydrochloride 150mg Capsules: Caramel colored capsules, imprinted 001 on cap and novitium 150 mg on the body in white ink, filled with white to pale yellow powder.

Ranitidine Hydrochloride 300mg Capsules: Caramel colored capsules, imprinted 002 on cap and novitium 300 mg on the body in white ink, filled with white to pale yellow powder.

The lot numbers and expiration dates affected by the recall can be found on the FDA website at this link. Consumers are urged to first talk to a doctor or pharmacist about alternatives before discontinuing use, the company said. Once an alternative is found, customers are urged to contact Novitium‘s recall processor — Stericycle Return Management Services — for instructions on returning the remaining capsules. Stericycle can be contacted at (866) 382-8606 or at