Government seeks to withhold information from public about public health concerns

By The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) The Latest on the Zika virus outbreak in the U.S. (all times local):6:15 p.m.

The Latest on a deadly outbreak of Zika in Puerto Rico (all time local):4:30 p.ms.

The White House says President Donald Trump is reviewing whether to send aid to Puerto Rico and the U,S.

Virgin Islands, in the wake of a deadly pandemic that has killed more than 300 people in the United States and has prompted calls for an emergency declaration.

In a statement Thursday, the White House said Trump is also considering sending the money directly to Puerto Rican and U.N. agencies.

The U.F.S., the US. territory that includes Puerto Rico, has been hit by the virus since March and has struggled to contain its spread.

Trump said Thursday that Puerto Rico is on a path to recovery.

The president also has raised concerns about how to address Puerto Rico’s financial problems.

His administration is asking Congress for billions of dollars in aid to help it address the crisis.___Follow Associated Press reporter Julie Pace at twitter.com/jpaceAP and APHealth writer Robert Costa contributed to this report.