The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed on Sept. 10 that tests from Wednesdays autopsy indicate the death was due to malaria infection. The autopsy was performed by Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen Pustilnik, a UTMB associate professor of pathology, and Dr. Judy Aronson, also of UTMB.
The ship which has been in voluntary quarantine offshore has been given permission to proceed to its original destination.
Guidry said malaria is common in many developing countries and travelers who visit these areas risk getting malaria. About 1,200 cases of malaria are diagnosed in the
Dr. Dana Beckham, chief epidemiologist for the Galveston County Health District, says the district played an important role in the investigation. Beckham says, We played a support role to many agencies by developing a risk assessment being completed by crew members onboard the ship, and monitoring the health of the remaining crew during this voluntary quarantine.
Multiple agencies worked together during the course of the investigation, including the Galveston County Health District, the
Source: Galveston County Health District