Jonathan Kallas, 21 – Norovirus, Carnival Miracle Passenger, February 1, 2005, Time of Death is unknown.
Jonathan Kallas, 21, from Michigan was a second year chemistry student at the University of Michigan, was a strong, healthy, non-smoking, married man, father of a 4-year-old child, who took a cruise aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Miracle, caught norovirus, then died.
Jonathan Kallas got sick late in the trip. His mother and wife also became sick, and all three tested positive for norovirus. They arrived home January 30, 2005.
Two days after coming home, Jonathan’s wife Julie came from home from work around 6 pm and found him dead.
Family members say they believe Jonathan caught the gastrointestinal illness from food contaminated by ship workers with poor sanitation practices.
The Oakland County medical examiner’s office said in 2005 that Jonathan Kallas died from complications of norovirus.
A $20 Million class action suit has been filed in Miami Federal Court on behalf all passengers on the voyage who became ill with the norovirus, by attorney Ken Hardin.
According to the suit, several passengers developed flu-like symptoms after consuming food or water aboard the ship that was contaminated with the Norovirus — a type of virus that causes nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
The suit was quoted as saying, “The Defendant breached their duty to prepare and provide food and/or water that was fit for human consumption, healthful and suitable for all persons.”