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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Un grupo de voluntarios de la organización mundial de los testigos de Jehová trabajó arduamente en Puerto Rico para atender la situación de emergencia que dejó el huracán María en la isla.
      Según un comunicado de prensa, esta organización estableció 10 centros alrededor de la isla para distribuir ayuda humanitaria y coordinar labores de reparación y reconstrucción de casas.
      “Hasta el momento, se han reparado aproximadamente unos 1,200 hogares y se estabilizó a más de 3,000”, lee el documento.
      Leer más: https://www.noticel.com/el-tiempo/huracanes/testigos-de-jehova-voluntarios-socorren-a-victimas-del-huracan/777673353
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Un individuo fue asesinado cerca de las 12:21 de la madrugada del jueves en la Avenida Regimiento 295 de Infantería frente a Salón del Reino de Testigos de Jehová ubicado en la Urbanización Valle Tolima de Caguas.
      Según el parte policiaco, el occiso es Jorge L. Rodríguez Acevedo de 28 años y residente de Gurabo.
      Leer más: https://www.telemundo51.com/noticias/puerto-rico/Ultiman-hombre-en-un-carro-en-Caguas-474817403.html

    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      El gobernador Ricardo Rosselló Nevares emitió hoy un veto expreso a la medida de la Cámara conocida como el proyecto de libertad religiosa. 
      Reacciona el presidente de la Cámara
      Méndez dijo esta tarde que el gobernador fue inducido a error y por eso fue que vetó el llamado proyecto de Libertad Religiosa. 
      "Respeto el poder constitucional del gobernador, pero creo que lo indujeron a error las personas que le recomendaron el veto. El proyecto buscaba proteger el derecho que ha sido refrendado por legislación federal y las decisiones del Tribunal Supremo en términos de que nadie puede discriminar contra nadie", dijo Méndez en entrevista con El Nuevo Día.
      Méndez mencionó jurisprudencia que protege a "sectas", en referencia a los Testigos de Jehová, que "pueden entrar a un lugar donde el Estado o asociaciones les han prohibido entrar".
      ¿Irán por encima del veto?, se le preguntó.
      "Ese análisis lo vamos hacer y lo de nosotros es sencillamente que la política pública del estado es defender la libertad de las personas, expreearse sin afectar los derechos de los demás", respondió.
      Leer más: https://www.elnuevodia.com/noticias/politica/nota/gobernadorvetaelproyectodelibertadreligiosa-2396746/
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      It was a transaction concocted on Twitter — and in a few short weeks, declared official: Tesla is helping to bring power back to Puerto Rico.
      Early this month, Elon Musk touted his company’s work building solar-plus-battery systems for small islands like Kauai in Hawaii and Ta’u in American Samoa. He suggested a similar setup could work for Puerto Rico. The U.S. territory’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, tweeted that he was game. Musk replied quickly: “Hopefully, Tesla can be helpful.”
      After earlier reports of the companyÂ’s batteries arriving at San JuanÂ’s port, Tesla announced today that it has started constructing its first microgrid installation, laying out a solar field and setting up its refrigerator-sized Powerpack batteries to supply electricity to a childrenÂ’s hospital in the Puerto Rican capital.
       
       
      Read more: http://grist.org/article/tesla-and-solar-groups-put-puerto-rico-back-on-the-grid/
    • Guest
      By Guest
      Alphabet is trying to restore Puerto Rico cell service with a network of giant balloons…seriously.
    • Guest
      By Guest
      President Trump sent Puerto Rican bonds ducking for cover when he suggested he might “wipe out” the U.S. territory’s $73 billion in debt. And while that would alleviate the devastated island’s battered balance sheet, this would spell trouble for its investors. 
      No surprise that prices on PR’s 2035 general obligation (GO) bonds slid to a record low of 30.25 cents on the dollar from 44 cents the day before. 
      Two questions we have about Trump’s remarks: 1) If he is serious, could he do this? and 2) What are the chances it’ll happen? 
      1) Trump can’t wave his hand and make over $70 billion in debt disappear…he’ll need help from bankruptcy courts.
      2) Mick Mulvaney, head of the Office of Management and Budget, said not to take Trump literally: “I won’t take it word for word with that.” 
      Apparently no one told that to the bond gods.
    • By Bible Speaks
      Video on Disaster Relief Efforts in Caguas Puerto Rico - ????????
      Visit Jw.org under "Newsroom" for a complete Overview of Hurricane Irma.
      (2 Corinthians 1:3,4.)
      Tap on Video Link mp4 ______Enjoy! ??
       
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, public power supply devastated
      PUERTO RICO Besides injury, not one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Puerto Rico were affected by what has been described as the most devastating Hurricane in the history of the Carribean.
      Hurricane Maria which made land fall in Puerto Rico as a category 4 storm killed 16 people, Governor Ricardo Rosello of Puerto Rico has said. The hurricane disrupted communication and power supply, effectively cutting off Puerto Rico from civilisation.
      Insured loses is currently put at about $40 to $85 billion. But despite this devastation, Jehovah, their God preserved his people alive. Only one person was injured, the JWs said inna statement.
      “As of September 25, 2017, information from 15 of the 19 circuit overseers in Puerto Rico has been received and only one injury has been reported among our brothers as a result of Hurricane Maria.
      “We have yet to receive updates from the four circuit overseers on the west side of the island, since communication has not been possible. Brothers from nearby circuits have been acquiring motorbikes and all-terrain vehicles in order to travel to the west side to assess the situation”, they said, adding “We continue to keep our dear brothers and sisters in our prayers.—James 5:16”.
      http://starconnectmedia.com/jehovahs-witnesses-survive-as-deadly-hurricane-maria-kills-16-in-puerto-rico/
    • By Bible Speaks
      Newsletter Newsletter
      Last minute news | more information about Puerto Rico after the passage of hurricane Maria
      For today, 25 September 2017, information is already available from 15 of the 19 circuit superintendents serving in Puerto Rico. It was reported that there was only one person injured because of hurricane Maria. We are still waiting for news of the four circuit superintendents on the west side of the island as it has not been possible to communicate with them. Nearby circuit brothers have achieved motorcycles and SUV vehicles to visit the west area and learn more.
      We continue to pray for our brothers (Santiago 5:16).
      ??????

    • By El Bibliotecario
      Asamblea especial de Puerto Rico (2016)

      via El Bibliotecario
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      TRANSCRIPCIÓN-ASAMBLEA ESPECIAL EN PUERTO RICO.pdf
    • Guest Nicole
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Agentes de la División de Arrestos Especiales y Extradiciones del SAIC, Policía de Puerto Rico, trasladaron el viernes al País a través del proceso de extradición, a una pareja de hermanos que se hacían pasar por Testigos de Jehová para acceder a sectores residenciales y realizar atracos; señaló el teniente I José L. Rosa López.
      Los prófugos fueron identificados como Lilliam Claudio Reyes de 56 años de edad y Dennis Claudio Reyes de 46 años.
      Contra la pareja pesan cargos por Apropiación Ilegal Agravada y Escalamiento Agravado tras la determinación de causa para arresto por el juez Rafael A. Villafañe del Tribunal de San Juan, emitido el pasado 25 de marzo del 2014 en hechos ocurridos el 1 de abril del 2014.
      Se alega que el dúo tuvo acceso a una residencia de la urbanización Río Piedras Heights, donde alegadamente forzaron la entrada y se llevaron pertenencias de valor.
      De la investigación se desprende que ambos, naturales de Río Grande, llegaron a la comunidad con una sombrilla en manos donde caminaron varias calles mientras observaban en el interior de varias de las residencias antes de escalar el hogar del perjudicado. La propiedad hurtada fue valorada en $3000.
      Los imputados son señalados por más robos y escalamientos en San Juan y Bayamón.
      Ambos fueron localizados y capturados en Ocala, Florida.
      La fianza global de Dennis Claudio asciende a $170 mil de fianza y $20 mil de fianza para Lilliam Claudio.
       
      https://www.telemundopr.com/noticias/destacados/Extraditan-a-hermanos-que-se-hacian-pasar-por-Testigos-de-Jehova-430483743.html
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      CABO ROJO: Los congregación Testigos de Jehová, que en marzo del 2013 lograron que el juez federal Gustavo Gelpí ordenara que se les diera acceso a éstos a urbanizaciones de acceso controlado en el área metropolitana, volvieron a recurrir a ese foro en febrero del pasado año, para que la orden incluya otros municipios de la isla, particularmente a Mayagüez y otros pueblos de la parte occidental de la Isla que no formaban parte del grupo original que figuraba en la demanda.
      El reclamo incluía a Aguada, Añasco, Cabo Rojo, Guánica, Hormigueros, Isabela, Mayagüez, San Germán y Yauco. Otros pueblos localizados en otras regiones de Puerto Rico fueron incluidos para que se les ordene concederle paso a los Testigos de Jehová a las urbanizaciones con control de acceso para que puedan predicar “casa por casa”.
      El lunes en la tarde, el alcalde de Cabo Rojo, Roberto Ramírez Kurtz cumplió con la exigencia de los Testigos de Jehová, en una vista efectuada en la sala del juez federal Gelpí, en el Tribunal Federal de Hato Rey, indicando que “ha dado fiel cumplimiento a su orden, entregando a la Congregación los aditamentos electrónicos y llaves que le permite entrar a las últimas 16 urbanizaciones cerradas de Cabo Rojo a las cuales no tenían acceso. Anteriormente, la administración municipal había cumplido dicha petición para unas 35 comunidades cerradas adicionales en su jurisdicción”.
      En un comunicado de prensa se dijo que el Municipio de Cabo Rojo cumplió con la orden judicial de interdicto permanente emitida por el juez Gelpí el 20 de julio pasado mediante la aprobación de la Ordenanza Municipal 10, Serie 2016-2017.
      Se indicó que la ordenanza, firmada por Ramírez Kurtz el 20 de septiembre de 2016, le ordena a la Policía Municipal garantizar el acceso de toda persona o grupo de personas que interese ejercer su libertad de expresión en calles y aceras de urbanizaciones con acceso controlado, instruyéndosele que cualquier persona que se rehúse a obedecer una directriz para garantizar acceso, será procesada ante los tribunales de justicia por obstrucción a la justicia.
      Toda queja recibida por algún ciudadano sobre la denegación de acceso a una urbanización con acceso controlado, deberá ser atendida dentro de los 30 minutos a partir de recibida la querella y/o solicitud de auxilio.
      La ordenanza le impone a “cualquier urbanización de control de acceso, que mediante la acción y/u omisión de sus residentes, empleados, agentes o administradores, le negase acceso a personas y/o entidades que interesan hacer valer los derechos reconocidos por el Tribunal, será sancionada con multa de $500.00 para una primera violación, de $1,000.00 para una segunda violación; y en caso de incurrirse en una tercera violación, con la cancelación del permiso de control de acceso otorgado por el Municipio, lo cual significará que la urbanización vendrá obligada a remover los portones de entrada o a mantenerlos abiertos al tránsito vehicular y peatonal, las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana”.
      En su comunicación, el alcalde Ramírez Kurtz agregó que “el Gobierno Municipal ha constatado que copia de la Ordenanza y del interdicto del Tribunal ha sido entregado al representante autorizado de cada urbanización con control de acceso, así como a todo desarrollador de nuevas urbanizaciones con control de acceso que puedan construirse en el futuro. A estos últimos se la apercibe que es su obligación, so pena de revocación de los endosos municipales al proyecto, incluir medidas para garantizar el libre ejercicio de la libertad de expresión como parte de la escritura de servidumbres en equidad”.
      Nota de redacción: Cabe aclarar que a pesar de que la orden obliga a las urbanizaciones de control de acceso a abrir los portones, en este caso a los Testigos de Jehová, la prerrogativa de abrirles la puerta de su casa y recibirlos en sus hogares es de los residentes, por lo que para eso en particular, no pueden ser obligados.
      http://lacallerevista.com/comunidad/municipio-de-cabo-rojo-obedece-orden-que-permite-que-testigos-de-jehova-entren-a-urbanizaciones-de-acceso-controlado/37869
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Por resistirse a dejar entrar a los Testigos de Jehová

      El alcalde indicó que no tiene recursos para poner a policías municipales frente a los controles de acceso. (Archivo GFR Media)
      Los residentes de la urbanización Mansión del Lago, en Toa Baja, podrían quedarse sin su acceso controlado si continúan con su alegada resistencia para evitar que los miembros de la Congregación Cristiana de los Testigos de Jehová puedan entrar a las calles del complejo de vivienda, informó hoy el alcalde Jorge Ortiz Matías.
      La advertencia la lanzó luego de que el juez federal Gustavo Gelpí emitiera el 18 de noviembre una orden en contra del ayuntamiento y de Ortiz Matías, en la que amenaza con multar al alcalde por $250 diarios, encontrarlo en desacato civil, ordenar su arresto y meterlo preso si no acata un dictamen que les permite entrar a las urbanizaciones con control de acceso a realizar su trabajo de evangelización.
      El alcalde detalló que había tenido problema con cuatro urbanizaciones de las 14 urbanizaciones con control de acceso en Toa Baja. Sin embargo, ya solo queda Mansión del Lago sin responder a las peticiones del municipio para que se les entregue a los Testigos de Jehová la clave de acceso o el control remoto para poder abrir los portones.
      “Ellos no son dueños de la calle. Ninguna urbanización de Puerto Rico que tenga del gobierno algún servicio puede cerrarse en la totalidad”, planteó.
      De inmediato, afirmó que el 14 de diciembre tiene que llevarle al juez Gelpí una solución a la resistencia que ha mostrado la urbanización, porque de lo contrario lo podrían arrestar. Por ello, dijo que previo a esta fecha el municipio tomaría acción contra Mansión del Lago. 
      “Yo tengo que llevarle al juez una acción tomada sobre ese asunto. Yo no voy a llegar allí para decirle que estoy haciendo lo posible. El juez quiere que yo llegue allí y le diga que esa urbanización está abierta al credo. Si ellos no pueden abrir, el municipio tiene que quitar el portón de acceso”, sentenció
      Agregó que “nosotros hemos sido bastante claros con este caso. Esto le cuesta un montón al municipio tener trabajando a un abogado en este caso federal. En caso de que no podamos llegar a un acuerdo, pues lamentablemente perderían el control de acceso”.
      Ortiz Matías señaló que esa sería la determinación, pues no tiene personal ni dinero para ubicar a policías municipales frente a la urbanización en espera de que los Testigos de Jehová lleguen y poder abrirles el paso.
      Dijo, además, que ya alertó a la Legislatura Municipal de la situación que atraviesan y se preparan para la medida a tomar en contra de la urbanización.
      De otra parte, el alcalde aclaró que, aunque la Legislatura Municipal le aumentó el salario a $8,000 mensuales, él no cobra ningún salario pues está jubilado.
      “Mi salario es nominal, $1”, afirmó.
      http://www.elnuevodia.com/noticias/locales/nota/peligracontroldeaccesoenurbanizaciondetoabaja-2264999/
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      @tayguaramachado
      Esse grupo aí aprendeu português pra acompanhar os delegados brasileiros no congresso especial em San Juan. O que antes era pra ser hospitalidade aos delegados, agora eh pra pregação e, mais uma vez, louvar nosso Pai celestial.

      Recebi alguns áudios dessa reunião. E me emocionei em ouvir o sotaque espanhol no português, naquela que foi a primeira reunião na ilha. Já vivenciei essa emoção mas do lado inverso, na primeira reunião em espanhol em Juiz de Fora, e na primeira italiana no Rio. Fiquei muito feliz por eles!! E ver tantos rostos conhecidos nessa foto também tem gosto muito especial!!
       

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    • By The Librarian
      INFORMACIÓN ADICIONAL SOBRE ESTE EXTRAORDINARIO VÍDEO:
      Y.M.Toledo y N. Velázquez
      Este vídeo es una obra teatral que Betel organizó para la Asamblea Especial en Puerto Rico del 26 al 28 de Agosto de 2016. El Lunes en Caguas, después de la Asamblea a los 10,500 delegados se le invito a una fiesta en el Salón de Asamblea y presentaron como diez obras teatrales, de cómo llegó la verdad a Puerto Rico incluso como NO debemos de predicar y esa fue la obra que vistes, Migui Bau, y se explicó que debíamos de ser sencillos. Y hay más videos y fotos... hasta el hermano del Cuerpo Gobernante, Mark Sanderson estuvo allí. Una actividad cultural para compartir, divertir y alegrar también a los delegados de Estados Unidos, Brasil, Guyana, Cuba, etc.
    • By The Librarian
      Special Convention Puerto Rico 2016, Asamblea International de Puerto Rico
       
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Meet Puerto Rico, the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) responsible for attracting meetings, conventions, trade shows, sporting events, and incentive groups to Puerto Rico, recently hosted the Jehovah’s Witnesses Special Convention, the largest city-wide convention of the year, bringing an estimated $5 million economic impact to Puerto Rico. From August 22-31, more than 34,500 attendees from the United States, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Colombia, and Cuba experienced the culture of Puerto Rico and stayed throughout the island, from San Juan to Ponce for a total of 7,500 room nights.
      “We are honored that that the Jehovah’s Witnesses chose Puerto Rico to host their Jehovah’s Witnesses Special Convention,” said Milton Segarra, President & CEO, Meet Puerto Rico (MPR-Puerto Rico Convention Bureau). “Puerto Rico has everything it takes to host a large scale, city-wide convention - including a state-of-the-art convention center, a wide variety of accommodations including major hotel brands, and a strong infrastructure. And we offer “only-in- Puerto Rico” experiences, for planners seeking locations that provide experiences to make their events memorable while maintaining an authentic experience. We are fortunate that Puerto Rico delivers that charge.”
      Delegates and exhibitors were linked to virtual attendees as well in the United States via live stream set up at the Puerto Rico Convention Center, the Puerto Rico Coliseum, Ponce Trade Fair Central as well as Arecibo and Humacao. Itinerary highlights included day trips, and pre-and post-tours. The delegates stayed in San Juan, Manati, Bayamon and Ponce.
      The Jehovah’s Witnesses organizational committee said they were pleased with the way the conference was handled and will bring meetings to Puerto Rico over the next five years, including the potential to hold the 2021 Annual Convention in Puerto Rico again. A number of reasons have played into their decision to return to Puerto Rico.
      “Puerto Rico had the flavor of what we wanted to share with our delegates. It is easy to reach, has a wide variety of accommodations, wonderful restaurants, hospitals and scores top marks in their venues and customer service,” said Jorge Alanis, Special Assembly Committee Coordinator. “But what really sets them apart is the combination of the authentic experiences our attendees bring back with them as well as the wonderful people we have worked with and met. We understand that 5,000 local volunteers contributed to our conference and that says a lot about the care taken to ensure all conference attendees feel taken care of,” he said.
      Puerto Rico continues to position itself as an ideal destination for meetings and conventions, offering a state-of-the-art convention center, a wide variety of hotels, strong infrastructure and unique attractions with the added advantage of being on a tropical island in the Caribbean. One in four rooms occupied in hotels that can accommodate large-scale meetings belongs to the groups and conventions segment.
      http://www.eturbonews.com/74803/puerto-rico-loves-jehovah-s-witnesses
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      http://www.successfulmeetings.com/News/Destinations/International/Meet-Puerto-Rico-Hosts-Its-Largest-City-Wide-Convention-of-2016/
    • Guest Nicole
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Watchtower Bible Tract Society of New York, Inc. v. Municipality of Ponce, (D PR, July 6, 2016), is the latest installment in a 12-year battle by Jehovah's Witnesses to gain access to gated communities in Puerto Rico in order to proselytize door-to-door.  In prior decisions, the federal courts have ordered communities to grant access to Jehovah's Witnesses.  However in response certain gated communities argued that they are not subject to the court's orders because their roads and streets are completely private.  In this 50-page opinion, a Puerto Rico federal district court ruled that the streets within Estancias del Golf Club in the Municipality of Ponce are subject to the court's earlier orders  The court said in part:
      Up to 2012, the residents of EGC went above and beyond to complete the last steps of the transfer of their streets to the Municipality. Suddenly, they took a one hundred eighty degree turn and demanded their streets now be private, when it became convenient to them. This Court will not allow Plaintiffs’ First  Amendment protected activity to be held hostage by the whim of residents associations within gated communities....
      It has become quite common for urbanizations and some of their residents to believe it is unacceptable to have non-residents walk the streets within their gated communities. This constitutes a discriminatory pattern that our Constitution forbids....  Community gates in Puerto Rico narrow the concept of community and of individual through decisions about group social worth and social threat, about who is redeemable and who is dispensable, about who is “good” and allowable, and about who is “bad” and made to “go away.”
      http://catholicnewslive.com/story/583615
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Doctors are monitoring 279 pregnant women with confirmed or suspected Zika virus infections in the United States and its territories, federal health officials said Friday.
      Of those women, 157 are in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and 122 are in territories, including Puerto Rico. Public health officials are gathering data on the health consequences of the infection, including the rate at which fetuses develop abnormally shrunken heads and brain damage, a birth defect called microcephaly.
      Also on Friday, the World Health Organization confirmed that the strain of Zika virus in Cape Verde, just off the western coast of Africa, is the same strain that is spreading in Brazil. Almost 200 pregnant women in Cape Verde have been infected, and the virus has been blamed for three cases of microcephaly there.
      The rising numbers of pregnant American women testing positive — Friday’s figure is more than double the previous count of 113 — reflect a new case definition used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rather than a surge in cases, according to Dr. Margaret Honein, the chief of the agency’s birth defects division.
      No cases transmitted by mosquito have yet been reported in the 50 states. The number of infected pregnant women in this country began rising dramatically in February, probably reflecting the spread of the Zika virus from Brazil to more countries visited by Americans.
      Most of the 279 women are still pregnant, Dr. Honein said, and fewer than a dozen have experienced “adverse outcomes,” such as stillbirths, microcephaly or other congenital problems.
      A “relatively small number” of the infections clearly resulted from sexual transmission rather than mosquito bites, she added. But in most cases, it was difficult to determine how the women became infected because they had lived in or had traveled to areas where mosquitoes carrying the virus were biting.
      The C.D.C. previously reported only pregnant women with symptoms like rash, fever or bloodshot eyes. But “we’ve learned a lot in the last four months,” Dr. Honein said.
      At least four published studies have cited cases in which women with no memory of having symptoms gave birth to children with birth defects.
      The new case definition includes all women who have had a positive test for Zika virus, or a likely positive for antibodies to it.
      Antibody tests are not as accurate as tests for the virus itself because previous infections with dengue fever or shots to prevent yellow fevercan create false positives.
      “C.D.C. wants to make sure we are monitoring all women at risk for poor outcomes,” said Dr. Denise J. Jamieson, a co-leader of thepregnancy and birth defects team at the agency.
      Each Thursday, the agency will update the number of infected pregnant women in the United States, officials said.
      The outbreak in Cape Verde, a Portuguese-speaking country with close links to both Brazil and West Africa, has been a puzzle for months.
      The intense outbreak in the island nation started last October, just as Brazil’s surge in microcephalic babies was detected. But confirmation that it was caused by the Brazilian strain, rather than the much older African one, did not come until the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Senegal, sequenced the genomes of the infecting viruses.
      Cape Verde’s outbreak is now fading, said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the W.H.O.’s regional director for Africa, and there has been no outbreak in Senegal, which she called Cape Verde’s “door out to other countries.”
      Although that might suggest that Africans have some immunity, “it’s never good news to hear that a virus with neuropathic effects is on your doorstep,” said Dr. Bruce Aylward, the W.H.O.’s chief of emergency response.
      “We don’t know what the level of population immunity is in Africa, and we don’t know if it will mitigate some of the impact,” he said. “So we have to work against a worst-case scenario.”
      Although laboratory capacity in Africa has been built up in the wake of the 2014 Ebola outbreak, the continent is still very poor and the response to the W.H.O.’s appeal to donors for a $50 million Zika fund has been “anemic,” Dr. Aylward said.
      A recent study in Clinical Microbiology Reviews looked at 80 sets of blood tests for the Zika virus in countries around the world between 1947, when the virus was discovered in Uganda, and 2014, when it was detected in French Polynesia — the last major outbreak before it reached South America.
      Some samples are small, some tests used methods that would confuse Zika with related viruses, and the results range wildly: For example, 12 percent of 261 Ugandans tested in the 1940s were immune to the virus, while nearly 60 percent of 2,457 Senegalese tested in the 1970s were.
      The authors concluded that the Zika virus was probably endemic to all of sub-Saharan Africa, although there was no way to know how many people had immunity at any given time.
      Although Dr. Aylward said it is still not known whether immunity to the African strain confers protection from the Brazilian one, Scott C. Weaver, the director of the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and an expert on the Zika virus, said he would be “very surprised if there weren’t complete cross-protection between the two.”
      Genetically, the two strains are very closely related, he said. By contrast, strains of yellow fever have much more variation, and yet he did not know of a single instance in which the yellow fever vaccine, which is based on one strain gathered years ago, failed to protect against the other strains.
      Testing in animal models, including immune-deficient mice, has just begun, he said, but he could not name any laboratory trying to prove that infection with one strain of Zika protects against later infection with another.
      “We assume there’s cross-protection, and we’re interested in other questions,” he said, including whether microcephaly is typically caused by Zika alone.
      At the White House on Friday, President Obama pressured Congress to give him $1.9 billion for the fight against Zika.
      Americans should tell their Congressional representatives to “get on the job,” he said.
      “This is something that is solvable — it is not something that we have to panic about, but it is something we have to take seriously,” Mr. Obama said in the Oval Office after a briefing from top health officials.
      Congress should not take its scheduled Memorial Day vacation without passing the legislation, he said.
      His advisers have said the president would veto a House measure that provides only $622 million. The administration was “encouraged” by the Senate’s $1.1 billion version but is not promising to sign it.
      Referring to the funding Mr. Obama has requested, “anything short of that will be insufficient,” said Eric Schultz, the deputy White House press secretary.
      Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/21/health/pregnant-women-zika-virus-cdc.html?_r=0

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