Hurricane Maria claimed more than 4,600 lives in Puerto Rico last year, more than 70 times higher than the U.S. government's official death toll of 64, according to a study published Tuesday by the New England Journal of Medicine.
The findings, based on a survey of thousands of Puerto Rican residents conducted by researchers from Harvard University and elsewhere, show the fatalities occurred between September 20 and December 31, 2017.
A professor at George Washington University's Milken School of Public Health says the battle against the Zika virus must be focused on its associated effects.
“The problem with the Zika virus is not the disease itself,” Dr. Ronald Waldman told VOA’s "Straight Talk Africa" on Wednesday. “It’s a very mild disease that lasts about a week, and there haven't been any reported deaths from the disease alone.”