Updated as of April 13, 2015, 10:00 AM ET
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is involved with this investigation?
As a U.S. Territory, the U.S. Virgin Islands is under the jurisdiction of the United States Federal Government. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and local government authorities are currently investigating the matter.
What has been done to date to ensure the safety of visitors and residents?
There has been an immediate investigation into the causes of the incident by both local and federal agencies.
The Government of the U.S Virgin Islands, through the Department of Planning and Natural Resources and Division of Environmental Protection, has issued a stop-use order to Terminix International USVI, LLC. The company has been directed to immediately stop using fumigant Meth-O-Gas® Q (EPA Registration No. 5785-41) and any other pesticide containing methyl bromide in the United States Virgin Islands, to include St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix.
The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism extends its prayers and thoughts to Mr. Steve Esmond, Dr. Theresa Devine and their two children who fell ill during their visit to St. John last month. We are deeply concerned about the cause of their illness. We fully support the thorough investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and our local government authorities into the circumstances surrounding this unfortunate and highly unusual situation. While the investigation ensues, we remain focused on the family's full and speedy recovery from this ordeal. The health and safety of visitors to the U.S. Virgin Islands is our highest priority.