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Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico Vital Records – The Difficulties of Death Registration During a Natu

NAPHSIS thanks Puerto Rico Vital Records for their assistance with this article, including Wanda Llovet Diaz- Registrar of Puerto Rico and Maria M Juiz- Quality Control Division of Vital Records of Puerto Rico. Much of the preceding was transcribed from Spanish into English and summarized; errors may have occurred. ---------------------------------- Hurricane Maria was a natural disaster the scope of which Puerto Rico had not seen for many years. It destroyed bridges, toppled buildings, and brought record flooding. But one of the lesser-known effects of the hurricane was its effect on death registration in Puerto Rico. Typically, an Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS) is used for dea

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