May 21, 2013
Cruise ship docks in Uruguay port after crew member dies
Heath authorities in Uruguay were authorized to go on board the MSC Armonía cruise, which docked this morning at the main port in Montevideo after fears of a flu outbreak. One of the crew members aboard died after having caught what was believed to be a type of flu virus. The ship is expected to arrive to Buenos Aires tomorrow.
Osvaldo Fabacchi, the head of Port Administration in Montevideo, stated today that “health authorities have authorized access to the ship.”
During a television interview Fabacchi furthered that “at present the cause of the crew member’s death has not been confirmed. The autopsy has yet to be carried out in order to determine and confirm the cause of death.”
In addition he denied that they had informed that the death of the crew member was caused by Influenza B virus and that “there have been reports of further hospitalizations” of other people who were travelling on the cruise.
Fabiana dos Santos Pasquarelli was taken to Ana Costa hospital in Santos, Brazil last Wednesday where she was treated for respiratory problems, cough and a fever, which had begun whilst travelling on the cruise.
The cruise is to dock at 9 am at the Buenos Aires Port, with 2000 passengers and 700 crew members.