Most of the 3.4 million U.S. citizens who live on the island are still without power a month after Hurricane Maria made landfall on the U.S. territory, and about 1 million lack drinking water.
On day 30, the number of residents without power rose nearly 9%, from 21% on Thursday to 12.33% on Friday evening, according to Puerto Rico’s governor Ricardo Rossello.
Gov. Rossello says the death toll from Hurricane Maria has risen to 49 after officials confirmed a death from a bacterial disease that spreads through animals’ urine.
Medical officials said the person died from leptospirosis and say they are investigating at least 74 other suspected cases of the disease.
According to the Washington Post, the illness is not uncommon in the tropics, particularly after heavy rains or floods. But the outbreak is elevating concerns about sanitation after the storm knocked out running water for much of the territory for weeks. About 30 percent of the island remained without water as of Friday.
Symptoms can be confused with those of other illnesses, including dengue. He urged patients to seek treatment with antibiotics.