A reader of Cruise Law News in Brazil has informed us that a crewmember of the Armonia cruise ship, operated by MSC Cruises, died yesterday after being admitted to the hospital in serious condition.
A newspaper in Brazil (G1 in Sao Paulo) reports that a local woman, Fabiana Pasquarelli, age 30, was taken from the MSC cruise ship and was eventually admitted to the intensive care unit of Hospital Ana Costa.
The deceased crewmember worked as a waitress and was taken to the hospital on Wednesday with a fever and cough and was apparently diagnosed with pneumonia.
There is also speculation that she may have died of swine flu.
Five other crewmembers are also sick and have been under observation in the hospital since Friday.
The cruise line said that passengers are disembarking the cruise ship today and new passengers will board.
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February 18, 2012 Update: Passengers from the cruise ship have also been hospitalized in serious condition.
Another Brazilian newspaper, A Tribuna, has an account and reports that the diagnosis is unclear although it is the result of an infectious process.
Ms. Pasquarelli died of an acute respiratory failure after being placed on a ventilator.
February 19, 2012 Update:
A newspaper in Brazil states that seven people of the ten passengers and crew from the cruise ship were released from the hospital. Three remain hospitalized. The hospital ran tests to determine the type of infection that caused the sickness.
Five crewmembers have contacted us, wishing to remain anonymous, complaining that Ms. Pasquarelli's medical treatment was delayed. Read comments below.
February 21, 2012 Update:
A spokesperson for MSC left a comment below.
Also, a newspaper in Buenos Aires reports that heath authorities in Uruguay were on board the MSC cruise ship, which docked this morning at the main port in Montevideo after fears of a flu outbreak. The ship is expected to arrive to Buenos Aires tomorrow. Osvaldo Fabacchi, the head of Port Administration in Montevideo, stated 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.”