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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