The Ministry of Health in The Bahamas has described as “reckless and untrue” a story circulating on social media that a marine had died as a result of an infection brought on by conditions on Abaco island.
Abaco and Grand Bahama islands have been devastated by the passage of Hurricane Dorian on September 1. Fifty-six deaths have so far been blamed on the story.
The ministry said in a statement that the marine died of cardiac arrest after he went to the Marsh Harbour Clinic in Abaco on Tuesday evening (Sept 24). “An autopsy will be conducted to confirm the exact cause of death and the relation to his known chronic medical illnesses, which were evident at the time of his presentation. Mr Wallace’s medical history will remain confidential,” the statement said.
The Ministry of Health said that out of an abundance of caution, 17 other Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) and Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) officers have been examined and “one other had symptoms of a rash and respiratory symptoms.
“There is no specific or generalised risk of inhabitation in Abaco. It is safe for officers of the RBPF, RBDF, other civil servants and the general population,” the ministry said.