By Simon TisdallA couple of years ago, a couple of US men came home from a Caribbean holiday and became infected with the virus.
They were rushed to hospital, where doctors told them they had just three days to live.
The men went on to develop severe flu-like symptoms, including vomiting, fatigue, and diarrhoea, and later died.
As they were leaving hospital, they noticed that they had been taken to a house that had not been cleaned in years, and a man was cleaning it.
The house had not had a proper sanitary programme in years.
The man, named in the media as Robert DeMarco, had just moved in to the house with his family after working as a labourer for the family business.
The new owner told them that he did not know what had happened and the man’s wife had not come home from work for some time.
They feared the worst, and contacted the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
“We’re not sure how we’re going to recover from this, because we’re in a very difficult time,” the couple told ABC Radio Australia.
“I’m afraid to even come home because I don’t know what will happen to my family.”
The man who had cleaned the house had returned to work the following day, and the family feared that he was about to be charged with the same crime.
“He didn’t clean it properly.
He had left a dirty stain in the bathroom,” said the husband, who did not want to be named.
He told the ABC that he had never been in a house where there had not cleaned a room.
The family went to the National Crime Agency, which said the man should face charges of manslaughter and dangerous working conditions.
But when the family went back to the police station, the man said that he knew what had occurred and that he would not be charged.
“I’m going to fight it and we will prevail, and we’ll win,” he said.
The case was never investigated and no charges were brought against the man.
It is not known why he did this, but it is believed to be linked to the type of cleaning job the man had done.
“You have a lot of people cleaning houses, they clean the walls, they wash the carpets, they make sure that the kitchen is clean,” said NCMEC director of communications Tom Boulton.
“The cleaning that they’re doing is just not being done properly.”
Mr Boulon said that cleaning houses was a “highly underreported” crime.
It’s believed that cleaning is a highly underreported crime, with one of the largest cleaning companies employing only 3,000 cleaners in Australia.
Topics:labor,labor-and-factory-organisations,government-and/or-politics,health,crime,coronavirus,australiaFirst posted February 24, 2019 09:39:42Contact Matt BoulterMore stories from New South Wales