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A Cry of Pain: Understanding Suicide and Where to Get Help

As in many jurisdictions of the world, the U.S. Virgin Islands sees far too many people taken before their time through suicide. Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 added a great amount of stress to many Virgin Islanders.

Health to Conduct Recovery Surveys in Neighborhoods

Department of Health will ask residents questions regarding hurricane recovery, mosquito control and household emergency plans. No personal information will be collected.

Department of Health Completes 2019 Cistern Study

During July and August 2019, the V.I. Department of Health, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and local partners, visited 400 households across all three islands to study the water quality of household cisterns.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito carries the Zika virus. (Yale University School of Public Health photo)

Health Department Reports No Dengue Cases in Territory

The Department of Health reminds the public to stay vigilant to mosquito control and protection measures, as there have been confirmed cases of dengue in the British Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, Miami and Puerto Rico.

A Message From First Lady Yolanda Bryan

Women and men should perform monthly breast self-examinations and immediately see a health care provider about anything the exam seems suspicious.

Governor Signs Proclamation Declaring Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The National Cancer Institute projects that 1 of every 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime.

Territorial Nurses Are Advised of 2020-2021 License Renewal Process

It is a violation of the Virgin Islands Code to work with a lapsed Registration Certificate (license). Certificates received after Oct. 31 may not be able to be processed by Jan. 1, 2020.

DOH Addresses Residents’ Concerns About Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Some Virgin Islands residents have expressed concern about a rare mosquito-borne illness called Eastern equine encephalitis, also known as Triple E or EEE, that is currently affecting certain areas of the United States.

Department of Health Advises on Best Practices After Hurricane

The V.I. Department of Health (DOH) provides the following recommendations to help residents stay safe and healthy as the territory recovers from Hurricane Dorian.

Disaster Distress Helpline Provides Post Hurricane Crisis Counseling

The Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990) can provide immediate counseling to anyone who is seeking help in coping with the mental or emotional effects prior to and after such severe storm activity.

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