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Renewal of​ Determination that a Public Health Emergency Exists

Because of the ongoing outbreak of Zika virus and its potential effect on pregnant women, and children born to pregnant women with Zika, on this date and after consultation with federal and local public health officials as necessary, I, Norris Cochran, Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, pursuant to the authority vested in me under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act, do hereby renew the August 12, 2016 determination by Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell, which she previously renewed on November 4, 2016, that a public health emergency of national significance exists in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico relating to pregnant women and children born to pregnant women with Zika.

January 31, 2017


Norris Cochran
Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services