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    A young and healthy Texas couple on a dream vacation in Fiji died suddenly after they both contracted a mysterious illness.
    Family of David and Michelle Paul said the Fort Worth couple began feeling unwell the day before they were supposed to leave Fiji and return home two weeks ago.
    “They knew something was going on in their body and were able to get to the hospital,” Michelle’s sister-in-law Tracey Calanog told local TV station KVUE.
    “Anything can happen,” she added through tears.
    ...

    https://nypost.com/2019/06/03/young-...virus-in-fiji/

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    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world...cid=spartanntp

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    • #3
      Media Statement on the Deaths of Two U.S. Citizens in Fiji



      Home | News & Events | Media Statement on the Deaths of Two U.S. Citizens in Fiji


      SUVA – For more than a week, the U.S. Embassy has been closely working with the Fiji government, police, and health officials in their investigation into the tragic deaths of two U.S. citizens while on holiday in Fiji. The Embassy has facilitated contact between the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Fiji’s Ministry of Health to ascertain the causes of death and to assist in any related measures.

      We appreciate the efforts made thus far by the Fijian authorities and stand ready to provide further assistance, if requested. At this point, we are not aware of any specific public-health threat to the community. We will provide updates as appropriate.

      By U.S. Embassy Suva | 4 June, 2019

      https://fj.usembassy.gov/media-state...izens-in-fiji/




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      • #4
        Fiji SunVerified account @sun_fiji 15h15 hours ago More


        5 Locals Under Observation After Mystery Illness Linked to US Couple’s Deaths

        fijisun.com.fj/2019/06/04/5-locals-under-observation-after-mystery-illness-linked-to-us-couples-deaths/…




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        • #5
          https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/06/05/pa...owed-visitors/

          It appears the five additional symptomatic individuals have been isolated.

          (This could be seasonal flu. We have previously seen clusters of seasonal flu deaths like this elsewhere in the world. If it's not seasonal flu, it's tough to imagine what this is because it's clearly spread H2H. - alert)

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          • #6
            Fiji's Ministry of Health rule out influenza as cause of death for US couple, not leaving any stones unturned

            10:36 pm GMT+12, 04/06/2019, Fiji

            Fiji's Ministry of Health says influenza has been ruled out in the cause of death for the U.S couple David and Michelle Paul, that died last week in Nadi.

            “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 Organisation (WHO), and the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine the cause of death, with these organisations providing technical support.
            ...
            http://www.pina.com.fj/index.php?p=p...5c40571eed3052
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            • #7
              Symptoms reported are vomiting, diarrhea, and weakness. Could sort of be consistent with flu, but flu seems ruled out above. I'm stumped. Meningitis?

              https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/cd...cid=spartanntp

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              • #8
                Fiji rules out influenza as cause of deaths of U.S. tourists

                Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-05 13:54:25|Editor: Yurou
                ...
                The couple, originally from Fort Worth, a city in the U.S. state of Texas, arrived on Denarau Island on May 22.

                The wife died on May 25 at the clinic on Denarau Island and the husband died on May 28 at a hospital in Lautoka, the second largest city in Fiji.

                The couple were sick during their holiday on the island, the ministry said, adding that although they were provided medical treatment, they died after the illnesses progressively deteriorated.
                ...
                Five locals, believed to be in direct contact with the couple, are now under observation at the hospital in Nadi, Fiji's third largest city. The two security guards, two medical staff and a police officer are said to have shown symptoms similar to those of the U.S. couple before their deaths.

                Fijian police confirmed that the U.S. couple had a long history of globetrotting. They visited Australia and New Zealand before coming to Fiji.

                http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/201..._138118543.htm
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                • #9
                  Hand numbness is a new reported symptom, suggesting some kind of neurological involvement..

                  https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world...cid=spartanntp

                  [snip]

                  David Paul, 37, and his wife, Michelle Paul, 35, died two days apart after coming down with a violent illness that caused vomiting, diarrhea, hand numbness and shortness of breath, their relatives said.

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                  • #10
                    Report stating that all but one of the contacts have recovered and been discharged:

                    https://www.9news.com.au/world/fiji-...e-0cb3652183ab

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                    • #11
                      Source: https://www.9news.com.au/world/fiji-...e-0cb3652183ab

                      Nurse who treated US tourists who died in Fiji from mystery illness describes what happened
                      By Sarah Swain
                      4:19pm Jun 6, 2019

                      A nurse who treated the American tourists who died from a mystery illness on holiday in Fiji has said the pair were given a normal saline drip at a medical centre before their deaths.
                      The nurse, who herself was taken to Nadi Hospital for observation after the pair’s deaths but has now been sent home, has described the tragic event for the first time.
                      Texas couple David Paul, 35, and his wife Michelle, 32, died in Nadi from the undiagnosed illness last month.
                      Mrs Paul died first, and medical staff were planning on rushing Mr Paul to a hospital in Australia...

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                      • #12
                        'We have been throwing up for 8 hours': Texas couple who died in Fiji texted relatives

                        By BILL HUTCHINSONandLISA SIVERTSEN Jun 6, 2019, 3:38 PM ET
                        ...
                        "We are both going to doctor now," Michelle Paul, 35, texted her parents, who live in Nevada, soon after she and her husband arrived in Fiji. "We have been throwing up for 8 hours. Dave has diarrhea. My hands are numb. We will text when we can."

                        After returning to their hotel, Michelle Paul wrote another text to her mother, Juliet Calanog, giving her an update on the treatment they received at the clinic.

                        "We just got back from the clinic. They gave us fluids and anti-nausea drip," Michelle Paul wrote. "They gave us electrolyte packets and anti-nausea pills. We still don't feel 100%. Going to rest in our room."
                        ...
                        Michelle Paul died on May 25 and her 37-year-old husband passed away two days later.
                        ...
                        A Fiji Health Ministry spokeswoman would only confirm to ABC News that blood samples from the couple were sent to a laboratory abroad for testing and the results could come back as early as the end of this week.
                        ...
                        https://abcnews.go.com/International...ry?id=63529707
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                        • #13
                          It's a long shot, but with most of the common explanations having been ruled out, and now seeing that electrolyte packets were administered, I'm wondering if this isn't a rare complication of diarrheal illness known as Osmotic Demyelination Syndrome where an electrolyte imbalance destroys the nerves in the spine, leading to numbness and paralysis. Several people died of this in Haiti following the large cholera epidemic there:

                          https://flutrackers.com/forum/emergi...ation-syndrome

                          Cholera itself is indeed endemic in Fiji, but this could happen following any severe diarrheal illness. This would explain the unusual symptom of numbness reported here.

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                          • #14
                            They mention seafood toxin poisoning in the article Shiloh posted. I had numb fingers during a "mild" bout of that. It gets out of control really fast.

                            https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/818505-clinical

                            But you would think that would have been suspected right away.
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                            • #15
                              US couple die two days apart in Fiji, and health officials still don't know why
                              Pacific Beat By Catherine Graue, wires
                              Updated about 8 hours ago
                              ...
                              The exact cause of the illness or nature of the ailment is still unknown, but officials say they have ruled out influenza and other endemic diseases in Fiji — like typhoid, meningococcal and dengue fever which have caused health concerns for tourists in the past — as a possible cause.
                              ...
                              https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-...w-why/11188944
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