Nearly 70 tourists to Dominican Republic report illnesses since March

Cheryl Sanders
June 12, 2019

A user on Twitter theorizes that what is happening in the Dominican Republic could be the same thing that happened in resorts in Mexico where fake liquor was served and caused mysterious illnesses and deaths as well.

Family members of 67-year-old Robert Bell Wallace told Fox News that Wallace became ill nearly immediately after he had a scotch from the room's minibar at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana.

The sister of Yvette Monique Short told a Philadelphia television station that the 51-year-old died last June at the Bahia Principe after having a drink from the minibar in her room. He was in the country to attend his stepson's wedding.

Wallace's niece, Chloe Arnold, said her uncle had been in relatively good health and had been skiing in Lake Tahoe the month before.

Five days later, a Maryland couple was found unresponsive in their rooms at a hotel on the same resort. The Bahia Principe Bouganville in San Pedro de Macoris was named in an American death last month when Miranda Schaup-Werner died of a heart attack on May 25.

Dominican authorities continue to investigate a third case that the victim recently made public on social media, detailing an hours-long assault by a man she said was wearing the uniform of an all-inclusive resort. "Out of respect for the privacy of her family, we have no further comment at this time".

What was once a carefree decision on a Caribbean vacation - a trip to the Dominican Republic - has become something of a nightmare for Americans contemplating a trip to the island. "We want these tests and investigation to be carried out carefully and professionally".

"My husband's story needs to be told ... something's not right in the Dominican Republic", she continued.

The FBI is now investigating the recent outbreaks. Both reportedly died of heart attacks.

"We are awaiting the results, especially in regards to the tragic death of the couple from Maryland", a spokeswoman for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism told Fox News.

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino said it's confident that all operational protocols were followed. The FBI has joined with local authorities to try to get to the bottom of the deaths.

The reports of the growing death toll were particularly disturbing to Brooklyn's Awilda Montes, 43, who said she began vomiting blood after drinking soda from her minibar at the Grand Bahia Principe last October - but managed to survive.

Meanwhile, Colorado couple Kaylynn Knull and Tom Schwander told CNN that they suffered from headaches, abdominal cramps and diarrhea after encountering a strong smell of chemicals in the La Romana hotel in June 2018.

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