Whatever the causes is I hope that it is quickly identified because this is a favorite place for American tourists to go, and nobody wants to risk their life just for a vacation.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating if fake alcohol caused the deaths of three American tourists in the Dominican Republic earlier this year.
From the start of April through the end of June, at least nine American tourists died while on vacation in the country, suffering heart or respiratory failure, according to The Cut.
The FBI has taken alcohol samples from hotels where the deaths occurred and the toxicology reports are due any day now. They were expected to be released mid-July.
On June 30, Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer called for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to help investigate.
Several of the Americans were found in their hotel rooms after having a drink from their minibar.
Local authorities are investigating if the alcohol could have been imported laced with antifreeze.
However, the Dominican Republic is fighting back against claims that it is an unsafe destination. “We are a model for global tourism,” the country’s tourism board said at a press conference last month. “Here we are talking about nine people, but there are countries in the area where 10 times the number of Americans have died there. But all eyes are on us.”