Family of 4 nearly dies in villa after being poisoned by a chemical “like sarin gas” while on vacation: Report

Intellihub – by Shepard Ambellas

ST. JOHN, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (INTELLIHUB) — A family of 4 (father, mother, and 2 children) are in serious condition after Terminix, a pest control company, fumigated an adjacent downstairs resort rental unit for insects and rodents, reports say.

The father, his wife and 2 boys, 14 and 16, were air evaced to the mainland shortly after they were found drastically sick.

The father was initially in a coma and according to reports currently can’t speak.

The 2 boys and the mother were reported to have suffered multiple seizures and blood was reported to have been found in at least one of the boys lungs.

The Delaware family was in the middle of their 9-day vacation at a local luxury resort villa, owned by Sea Glass Vacations, which runs just shy of $1200 per night, when they were found in serious condition after being poisoned with a purported toxic chemical similar to a “sarin gas” named Methyl Bromide, which was applied during a fumigation process which took place in the proximity around Mar. 18., CNN reported.

However against all logic, Methyl Bromide, which is listed by the EPA as being a “highly toxic” substance, may have been used by Terminix near cohabiting humans, guests, and resort staff, forcing the company to release the following statement to CNN Saturday:

“[…] Looking into this matter immediately and cooperating with authorities. We’re thinking about their family and join the community in wishing them a speedy recovery”

The family’s attorney was quoted by CNN’s Sara Ganin saying, “This is the most horrifying story in the world.” It’s sad to see that vacationers well-beings are being overlooked during such a common extermination practice.

ISPM 15 markings on a pallet from China. The MB indicates the wood has been fumigated with methyl bromide to kill pests. (Oaktree b)

Additionally it was reported that the agent Methyl Bromide is not even suited for indoor use, raising a red flag to some.

A criminal investigation, conducted by the U.S. Dept. of Justice, is currently underway.

Other Sources:

Pesticide probed in resort illness of Delaware family — CNN

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