By The Asso­ci­at­ed Press Sep­tem­ber 13, 2013

Dr. Francisco Joglar

SAN JUAN, Puer­to Rico — Puer­to Rico’s health sec­re­tary has resigned after offi­cials revealed that a recent bac­te­ria out­break forced the tem­po­rary clo­sure of a hos­pi­tal’s inten­sive care unit.

The sec­re­tary, Dr. Fran­cis­co Joglar, said in his Fri­day state­ment that peo­ple’s wel­fare has always been his priority.

His com­ments come days after the epi­demi­ol­o­gy direc­tor of the island’s health depart­ment said at least 10 patients at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Puer­to Rico Hos­pi­tal in the north­ern city of Car­oli­na were car­ry­ing the bac­te­ria Acine­to­bac­ter bau­man­nii. All 10 died from May to July, and health offi­cials have said at least eight did not die from a bac­te­r­i­al infection.

Offi­cials asked the U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion to help inves­ti­gate at the time, adding that the inten­sive care unit has since test­ed neg­a­tive for the bacteria.