Dominican Republic - American tourists found dead in resorts, same cause of death, 2018/2019

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  1. Bugurl747

    Bugurl747 Well-Known Member

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    I don't live there or visit the DR so I don't know if the resort Tammy stayed in was in a bad area. It may be.

    Tammy said one of the men that attacked her had on a resort uniform.

    The resort was an all-inclusive in Punta Cana called Majestic Elegance.

    It is listed as a 5 star resort, adult only, rated first most popular resort in Playa Bavaro, with 10-20K + reviews on various websites. MOO
    Majestic Colonial Punta Cana - Bavaro - TripAdvisor
    Resort Hotel Majestic Elegance Punta Cana
    Trip Advisor
     
  2. MOTORUNNER

    MOTORUNNER My echo, My shadow, and Me

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    Oklahoma teens fall ill after graduation trip to Dominican Republic

    About 40 high school graduates from the Edmond and Deer Creek area went on a senior trip on June 8 to the Dominican Republic and returned last week.

    NBC talked with three of the teens who all ate at the same restaurant called "Zen" inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana. Within hours, they were sick, and some were hospitalized.

    Oklahoma teens fall ill after graduation trip to Dominican Republic
     
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  3. MsFacetious

    MsFacetious What a Kerfuffle...

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    Just like Aruba. :(


    Yes, I'd bet money this child picked this up on the plane over.


    None that we know of. We are just wondering why it's only adults we are hearing about. Speculating that adds to the evidence it might be liquor related.
     
  4. Momof4RN

    Momof4RN Well-Known Member

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    The arrogance is telling.
     
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  6. Inthedetails

    Inthedetails Well-Known Member

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    From the link:

    “'The testing results are all negative, everything – the food, the alcohol, the air – is normal, there is no alteration of the alcohol,' Suero said. 'With all the tourists we get every year, we make sure we comply with international standards for everything.'”

    I find that hard to believe and I think the alcohol bit will come back to bite him. The info in the article about the FBI makes it sound like test results are not all back yet.

    The comment from the DR official about the death of a newlywed COUPLE (they both died) are interesting. One died from medical issues and the other a day later from the shock., he says. Could happen, I suppose, but I bet they both were drinking from the mini-bar. That's my hunch.

    I actually hope this is all hysteria and DR recovers easily and everyone has a great time. But, I'm not trusting the booze at this point.

    jmo
     
  7. Momof4RN

    Momof4RN Well-Known Member

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  8. borndem

    borndem Anglophile & registered demwit

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    I just saw this -- please forgive if it's a repeat --

    Is Tainted Alcohol to Blame for Deaths and Sickness in the Dominican Republic? A Doctor Weighs In


    Three of the victims drank from their hotel minibars before falling ill
    By Steve Helling
    June 19, 2019 11:58 AM
    In the past year, according to the U.S. State Department, at least eight American tourists have died after falling ill at Dominican Republic resorts — and dozens more have gotten sick.
    The FBI and CDC have confirmed it is investigating the deaths of at least six of the tourists who have died since the summer of 2018. Some of them passed away in what appear to be bizarre — and similar — circumstances. The agencies are not yet releasing further details about the investigations.

    “It’s definitely very strange,” Reynold A. Panettieri Jr., a physician at Rutgers who specializes in toxicology, tells PEOPLE. “Healthy people don’t just die. And the couple dying at the same time certainly tips us off that something is very wrong.”
    [...]
    Additionally, authorities are investigating the deaths of two Americans at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana. David Harrison, 45, died in July 2018. Robert Bell Wallace, 67, died last April.
    “This will be a long investigation,” Panettieri tells PEOPLE. “But they’ll figure it out.”
     
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  9. LadyL

    LadyL Well-Known Member

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    Poisonous fish cause of Dutch newlyweds’ death in Dominican Republic I came across this regarding DR deaths. In 2016 , a honeymooning Dutch couple, 28 and 31, both died. They attributed it to ciguatera poisoning, which is a neurotoxin found in some reef fish. I live in Hawaii, and my husband and I both had reef fish poisoning, me for 6 months and my husband for a year. We had unknowingly eaten the most toxic of all reef fish known to sometimes carry ciguatera. We became experts on it! I feel positive that ciguatera would not kill them overnight or the next day. This case too should be revisited. Poisonous fish cause of Dutch newlyweds’ death in Dominican Republic
     
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  12. human

    human Well-Known Member

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    Businesses pay to be on Trip Advisor. If you have stayed in any properties anywhere listed on Trip Advisor, how do the reviews match what you think.

    Airbnb is the worst. I cannot imagine how some places get great reviews. I have seen great reviews for places I would not set foot in
     
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  13. Elley Mae

    Elley Mae The enemy is here. beware

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    A British couple who were struck down while visiting the Dominican Republic resort where nine tourists died have called for authorities to test the 'potentially poisonous' alcohol they bought home from their trip as gifts.


    British couple 'were poisoned during stay at Caribbean resort where nine US tourists have died' | Daily Mail Online

    Mother-of-three Emma, 36, told the Mirror: 'The first thing we noticed that was strange was the alcohol from the main hotel bar.

    'It just didn't taste like alcohol at all. It just tasted weird. I said at the time that they had put fake alcohol in it. It tasted a bit chemically.'
     
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  14. Inthedetails

    Inthedetails Well-Known Member

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    Tasted weird and chemically....and they brought it home for gifts?!

    jmo
     
  15. Simply Southern

    Simply Southern Well-Known Member

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    We've had outbreaks in elementary schools and closed them to clean top to bottom.
     
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  16. NervousNellie

    NervousNellie Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult

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    DBM. I was being judge-y. Did not add to the discussion.
     
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    Yesiamapirate Well-Known Member

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  18. JerseyGirl

    JerseyGirl Staff Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    a new one:

    Bride dies after return from Dominican Republic honeymoon

    A Louisana bride who went on her honeymoon to the Dominican Republic mysteriously died less than a week after she returned.

    Susan Simoneaux of Luling died Tuesday in a local hospital after traveling to Punta Cana, a resort town where several Americans have died and dozens more have fallen ill.

    Her cause of death hasn’t been determined, but the newlywed’s symptoms were strikingly similar to three tourists who died last month while visiting the beach oasis.

    https://nypost.com/2019/06/20/bride-dies-after-return-from-dominican-republic-honeymoon/
     
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  19. happyday

    happyday Well-Known Member

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    I’ve had owners contact me personally after I’ve stayed in their property and ask for an excellent review in exchange for a discount next time. I don’t trust the reviews.
     
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  20. Inthedetails

    Inthedetails Well-Known Member

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    Ditto. I also declined. (Not a DR location in my case, btw.)

    jmo
     
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