The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention joined the investigation into the deaths of a military veteran and his wife who died from an unidentified illness while on vacation in Fiji last month.
CDC joined Fiji’s Health Ministry, the U.S. Embassy in Fiji, Fiji
Police Force’s forensic department and the World Health Organization in a
joint investigation into the mysterious deaths of David and Michelle
Paul from Fort Worth, Texas, the Fiji Sun newspaper reported.
HEALTHY TEXAS COUPLE DIES FROM MYSTERIOUS VIRUS IN FIJI
couple was in their 30s and healthy when then arrived at Fiji. The two
fell ill a day before their scheduled departure from an unknown illness
that caused them to experience vomiting, diarrhea, extreme weakness,
Michelle’s father, Mark Calanag of Las Vegas, told ABC News.
members said the pair went to the hospital where Michelle died first
and David died days later before he could be airlifted to Australia.
Calanag said that the U.S. Embassy in Fiji told him that autopsies have
been completed but he has not been told the results.
Department of Health also will send biological samples from the
autopsies to the CDC headquarters in Atlanta for further analysis, he
"I gave them instruction not to do any cremation until I'm
satisfied ... because I would like the whole world to know if they died
of infectious diseases," Calanag said. "The CDC can confirm that and
tell Americans and other people that these are the issues you're going
to face if you have to travel to Fiji. Be aware."
investigation into the causes of death is ongoing, but the Fiji
Ministry of Health and Medical Services ruled out influenza, the Fiji