What's behind the unexplained tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic

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Dozens of other visitors also said they were sickened after staying at hotels and resorts around the country in the past year.

Allen's friends told the family that he complained about not feeling well before he died.

The US State Department confirmed the death. She said, "The stabbing pain in my stomach was unlike anything I've experienced before and I've had an intestinal infection previously in my life and had to go to the hospital for that. Out of respect for family members and loved ones we can not comment further".

The State Department confirms that there have been at least 8 deaths of Americans in the Dominican Republic since last June, but most of the deaths are concentrated near the Punta Cana area of the island. "We encourage Canadians to regularly consult the Travel Advice and Advisories for the Dominican Republic for updated information, and to register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service at www.travel.gc.ca in order to receive the latest advice".

Mario Naim is with Handa Travel, "I don't think it will affect people going to the Dominican Republic".

Government spokesman Roberto Rodriguez Marchena put out a video calling the country the "largest, fastest growing, tourism destination of the Insular Caribbean".

- A senior trip to the Dominican Republic reportedly took a turn for the worst when a group from Oklahoma became very sick while staying at a resort and required hospitalization.

Last year, almost 6.6 million people visited the country; more than 2.3 million of those were from the United States. Those deaths were caused by drowning, accidents, suicide and homicide. His wife said he had been snorkelling the day before his death. He told People Magazine some on the trip did not feel normal for months. Her daughter Libby was one of the members of the group who got sick after eating at a Japanese restaurant at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, where two Americans have died in the past year.

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Officials have not said what caused Wallace's death; his stepson said that family members are expecting toxicology reports by the end of June.

Excellence Resorts says it is providing its full cooperation and support to both local and U.S. authorities and expressed "sincere condolences to all of those affected by the recent incidents".

On May 30, 2019, engaged couple Nathaniel Edward Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, were found dead in their hotel room at the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana hotel. The couple had internal bleeding, including in their pancreases, Dominican authorities said.

Both Dominican authorities and the FBI are investigating. The statistics, which do not cover deaths from natural causes, include drownings, homicides, suicides, vehicle and other accidents. And Delaware resident Tammy Lawrence-Daley, 51, reported that she was viciously beaten at a Punta Cana resort in January.

Miranda Schaup-Werner, a 41-year-old from Pennsylvania, died on 25 May after drinking from her hotel minibar, United States media report. Shortly afterward, she collapsed and died. Her son has questioned the official ruling, which found she had suffered a fatal heart attack, pulmonary edema and respiratory failure.

"Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana is disappointed regarding a recent situation in which a group of guests became ill after dining at one of our twelve venues", the resort said in the statement, which was obtained by the New York Post.

April 10, 2019: Robert Bell Wallace, 67, of California, became ill nearly immediately after drinking an alcoholic beverage from his in-room minibar at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana - the same hotel as Harrison.

"While we are deeply saddened by these incidents, and our thoughts go out to all of those affected, we, along with the general public, will be monitoring the facts as they unfold surrounding these events", the hotel said in a statement. In July 2018, David Harrison died from an apparent heart attack, which his widow, Dawn McCoy, now finds suspicious. She said many fellow Parrotheads still aren't feeling "normal" months after the trip.

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