C man has died after contracting the hepatitis C disease that is usually contracted by drinking water from dolphins in the waters of the nation’s capital, officials said.
Najim Faqir, 33, died Tuesday at a hospital after contracting H1N1 coronavirus, said a statement from the city.
Faqil died of complications from the illness.
The H1O2 coronaviruses cause the most severe cases of coronavillosis, and the city’s water is one of the major sources of water for the people who rely on it.
Officials said Faqer’s family has asked that the cause of death be withheld pending the results of testing.
Faqir was at the D.D.C.-area Dolphinarium for the first time since his diagnosis on Jan. 7, said the aquarium’s executive director, Tom Bresch.
Bresch said Faquier was at an exhibit for the Aquarium of the Americas when he became ill.
Faquir and a female dolphin were separated from the group and spent the night at a local hotel, he said.
A second dolphin then came to visit, but the dolphin didn’t stay long because it was dehydrated and didn’t want to drink the water, Bresd said.
A month later, Faqr, a former dancer at a Philadelphia theater, had a bout of H1NP1 coronacovirus.
He was hospitalized and tested negative.