WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- On Tuesday, a young Texas couple were confirmed to have died mysteriously shortly after arriving in Fiji for a vacation.
- According to the Fujian Ministry of Health and Medical Services, the couple’s conditions worsened in spite of medical treatment and later died.
- The agency together with the U.S. embassy in Fiji are now working with several other agencies including the WHO and the U.S. CDC in trying to identify what have caused the deaths.
Fiji’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services confirmed Tuesday that a young couple from Texas died from an unidentified illness while on a trip in the South Pacific country. Shortly after arriving on May 22, they became ill and were taken to a hospital.
According to a ministry statement, despite medical attention, their conditions worsened and died within a few days of each other. Fiji Broadcast Corporation reported that the two Americans died in the city of Nadi.
Identified as David and Michelle Paul from Fort Worth, Texas television station WFAA reported that both are parents to a 2-year-old son and another daughter of David Paul from a previous relationship.
Tracey Calanog, a relative, told WFAA that David was an Air Force veteran and that the couple was physically fit and loved to travel.
“They were planning an amazing vacation,” said Calanog adding that the couple had been planning the Fiji trip for some time.
The ministry also stated that in trying to determine the cause of the deaths, they are now working with police forensics, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In a statement, the U.S. Embassy in Fiji disclosed they are investigating the deaths for more than a week now and had been working closely with the Fiji government, police and health officials.
Fiji Broadcast Corporation reports that while any specific public-health threat to the community has not been declared by the embassy, nevertheless, they promised to be ready to give assistance if needed.
Source: CBS News