Joseph Allen: 8th Tourist to Die in Dominican Republic

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Over the past year, at least seven Americans have died and hundreds more have fallen violently ill while visiting Dominican Republic hotels and resorts.

A large group of high school graduates and their parents became sick while on vacation in the Dominican Republic in early June, and some are still reeling from the illnesses.

The New York Post previously reported that officials were investigating whether the tourists were poisoned by counterfeit booze.

"It's just not safe right now to go to the Dominican Republic, at any of the resorts, not just the Hard Rock Punta Cana, in our opinion".

Officials are investigating the death of another US citizen in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Ministry of Tourism has denounced what it sees as an overreaction to what it characterizes as coincidental, according to Fox News.

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Between the beginning of 2017 and the end of 2018, 30 Americans died in the Dominican Republic of non-natural causes, according to the State Department. Hurlbut Sr.'s cause of death was officially listed as a heart attack, although his son is now suspicious.

Last year, almost 6.6 million people visited the country; more than 2.3 million of those were from the United States. It said Dominican officials have asked for Federal Bureau of Investigation assistance for further toxicology analysis on the recent Bahia Principe, La Romana cases. We are booking every day between 15 and 20 people going there.We spoke to tour companies offering these packages", added Naim, "and they're telling us to tell clients to be very careful like any other destination, to be careful with what they drink, who they talk to, when they ask them where they are from. Annette Wedington, his mother, said that officials ruled his cause of death as a heart attack but that she found bruising to his back and trauma on his knuckles when the body was transported to the United States.

Ms Knull wrote about the unusual deaths on her Facebook page: "There's something going on". He'd been traveling with friends, and had stayed at the same resort many other times before, Reed said.

October, 2018: Awilda Montes, 43, of NY, claims she drank a bottle of soda from the minibar at the Grand Bahia Principe Resort in La Romana that 'turned out to be bleach.' She survived but suffered chemical burns.

She estimated the group size at about 75 and said that only six of them became sick.

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On June 11, Leyla Cox, 53, of NY, was found dead of a heart attack in her hotel room in the Dominican Republic.

Matthew Bradley, regional security director for the risk management firm International SOS, said in a statement this month that the Dominican Republic is still a safe destination.

On Wednesday night, Allen was reportedly feeling sick "with what felt like a fever" and then took a cold shower, according to Essence.

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. He told People Magazine some on the trip did not feel normal for months.

"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. Now the FBI is investigating. "She told me that as she found him that he had something green coming from his mouth", said Mark Jr. She was staying at a Bahia Príncipe resort in Punta Cana.

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The State Department also warns travelers not to drink alcohol alone or with new acquaintances, or to leave drinks unattended.

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