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Health Ministry Continues Investigation into the American couple’s death.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (the MHMS) is providing an update regarding the tragic deaths of two United States citizens (Mr David Paul, 37; Mrs Michelle Calanog Paul, 35) who arrived in Fiji on Wednesday the 22nd of May.

The investigation into the cause of the deaths is still underway. MHMS considers this investigation a priority and is continuing to collaborate with the US Embassy in Fiji and to work closely with the Fiji Police Force’s forensics department, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the United States’ Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The five staff placed under observation in hospital as a precautionary measure have been released and are in good health. They are being followed up at their homes by Ministry of Health staff as a matter of precaution. All other people who had contact with the deceased couple during their illness remain well. This is supportive of the assessment that there is no evidence of risk to the public.

The Ministry remains the only authoritative source for information with regard to this issue. The Ministry will continue to provide regular updates any new information. In the meantime, people should continue their lives as usual, take care of their health and seek medical attention if they feel ill, as they normally would.

Results of the investigation may take weeks, possibly longer. At this stage, for reasons of patient confidentiality, and out of respect to the families of Mr and Mrs Paul during this difficult time, the MHMS and its partners involved in the investigation will not comment on specific details of the investigation.

The families of Mr and Mrs Paul remain in our thoughts and prayers as we continue to investigate.

 

 

THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND MEDICAL SERVICES PRESS RELEASE No. 2

In response to interest from the media, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services is clarifying details regarding the tragic deaths of two United States citizens (Mr David Paul, 37; Mrs Michelle Calanog Paul, 35) who arrived in Fiji on Wednesday the 22nd of May.

 

Investigations into the cause of death are ongoing. Influenza has been ruled out, and at this stage we do not believe there is any risk to the public. It would be premature to speculate further on the cause of death until the investigation is complete.

 

Monitoring of the small number of staff and health workers who came into close contact with the deceased couple was conducted, and as a precaution remains ongoing. All are currently well.

 

The Ministry is coordinating with the US Embassy in Fiji and working closely with the Fiji Police Force’s forensics department, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine the cause of death, with these organizations providing technical support.

 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of this young couple at this difficult time.

 

 

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THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND MEDICAL SERVICES PRESS RELEASE No.1

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is investigating the deaths of two United States citizens who arrived in Fiji on Wednesday the 22nd of May. The couple presented with an illness while in the country on holiday in the Western Division.

 

Although they were provided medical treatment as standard of care, their illnesses progressively worsened and despite best efforts, they died within a few days of each other. At this stage the Ministry is conducting investigations into the possible causes and has also put in place necessary public health measures.

 

The Ministry is also working with the Fiji Police Force’s forensics department, the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on determining the cause of death.