Infectious disease ruled out as cause of US couple’s death in Fiji: Government

David and Michelle Paul died of a mysterious illness while vacationing in Fiji. Picture: SUPPLIED/ABC News

FIJI’S Ministry of Health and Medical Services has ruled out infectious disease as a cause of the death of American couple David and Michelle Paul who died in Nadi while on holiday last month.

In a statement, the ministry stated a number of investigations were carried out to reach a final result.

“Following an extensive, multi-organisational investigation, the Fijian Government has informed the family that an infectious cause of death has officially been ruled out,” a Government statement said.

“To reach this conclusion, a number of investigations were conducted by the ministry and its multinational partners, including post-mortem examinations, toxicology, microscopic examination of tissues, and a number of laboratory investigations to exclude a wide range of viral and bacterial causes.

“Through continued collaboration with the United States’ Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), further tests are being conducted to determine a cause of death, and family will be updated as further developments unfold.

“Given these findings, the MOHMS is confident that there is no risk to the public.

“The five contacts or staff placed under precautionary observation is in good health and have all returned to work.”

More details on this report will be published in tomorrow’s edition of The Fiji Times.

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