- The CDC, the World Health Organisation, and the FBI are conducting tests at resorts in the Dominican Republic, according to outlets like Fox News and CNN.
- They are expected to release findings as early as Friday.
- There have been 7 cases of tourists getting sick, assaulted, and dying in the Dominican Republic in the last year.
- Last year 13 Americans died in the Dominican Republic.
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It seems that there could be something out of the ordinary going on at resorts in the Dominican Republic. And now experts are on the case.
The CDC, the World Health Organisation, and the FBI are conducting tests are the Bahía Príncipe Resort in the Dominican Republic, according to Fox News.
Carlos Suero, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Health, told CNN that environmental health and epidemiology specialists who were investigating the hotels should have results as soon as Friday or Monday.
This year, there have been seven suspicious cases of tourists getting sick, assaulted, and dying in the Dominican Republic.
In April, 67-year-old Robert Bell Wallace, 67, of California, died after having a drink from the minibar in his hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana. His cause of death has not been released.
Then, in May, three people died at a pair of hotels owned by the same company in a span of 5 days.
Miranda Schaupp-Werner collapsed after drinking a beverage from the minibar in her hotel room. Schaupp-Werner, from Allentown, Pennsylvania, died in her room at Bahía Príncipe hotel at the Playa Nueva Romana resort in La Romana on May 25a family member told Fox News.
Days later, on May 30, Edward Nathaniel Holmes and Cynthia Day, an engaged couple from Maryland, were found dead in their hotel room by a resort employee. Dominican Republic police told CNN that Holmes and Day died of respiratory failure.
Awilda Montes, a 43-year-old woman from Queens, New York, says that she began to vomit blood and sustained “chemical burns” after drinking what she believed was soda from her hotel room’s minibar at the Bahía Príncipe hotel – the same place where Werner would later die. She told the New York Daily News that she was inspired to speak out about her experience after hearing about the recent deaths in the news.
In a statement previously provided to INSIDER, a spokesperson for the Bahía Príncipe said that “to date, there are no indications of any correlation between these two unfortunate events.”
“In both circumstances, established security protocols were followed, and we have maintained open communications with the authorities to provide information and clarification for each case,” the statement continued.
The resort chain has 14 hotels in the Dominican Republic alone, and more in Mexico and Spain.
Tourism Minister Francisco Garcia echoed that sentiment on Thursday, calling the illnesses and deaths “isolated incidents.”
Last year, 13 Americans died in the Dominican Republic, according to the US State Department. Of that number, four of them were the results of drownings, four were auto accidents, two were homicides, one was by suicide, and one was an undisclosed accident.
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