TX couple who died in Fiji had been 'throwing up for hours'

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 7, 2019

The couple died within two days of each other after falling ill from an unknown ailment. The ministry was also working with Fiji Police's forensics department, the World Health Organisation, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Embassy to find the cause of death.

Relatives told ABC News that the couple sent them emails about several symptoms they were having, including vomiting numerous times.

Family members of David and Michelle Paul said the couple headed out to Fiji and began feeling sick right before they were expected to head home.

"We are both going to doctor now", Michelle Paul, 35, wrote to her mother, Juliet Calanog, after they both arrived in the Pacific Island nation.

She said, "We have been throwing up for 8 hours". Dave has diarrhea. My hands are numb. "We will text when we can".

"We just got back from the clinic. They gave us fluids and anti-nausea drip", Michelle Paul wrote.

Meanwhile, the couple's bodies remain in Fiji - once a cause of death has been determined they'll be taken to the U.S. - and family have begun the heartbreaking process of trying to understand what went wrong. We still don't feel 100%.

"Take care", she wrote. Her brother returned to the hotel, went back to hospital, then back to the hotel but told his mother over Facebook he was "OK". "You need to rest".

Michelle and David Paul with their dog Zooey pictured in Hawaii in 2016.

The ministry in Fiji said staff and health workers who were in contact with the couple are being monitored as a precaution, but that all are now well.

Fiji's Ministry of Health and Medical Services said in a press release yesterday the flu had been ruled out, and that "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.

The Health Ministry said those under observation are all "currently well".

David and Michelle Paul of Fort Worth, Texas, were in their 30s and both healthy when they arrived in Fiji on May 22.

"We are working closely with the Ministry, the CDC and our partners", WHO's statement reads.

A Fiji Health Ministry spokeswoman would only confirm to ABC News that blood samples from the couple were sent to a laboratory overseas for testing and the results could come back as early as the end of this week.

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