Published: Sun, June 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

US tourists have died of illness at Dominican resorts since January

US tourists have died of illness at Dominican resorts since January

The deaths of seven American tourists in the Dominican Republic this year have raised questions - and concerns - as island officials push back fears the popular destination is unsafe.

Matt Holliday, one of Cox's neighbors who was cat-sitting for her during her trip, said she was thrilled to be going to the Dominican Republic for her birthday.

Will Cox spoke with reporters about his mother's death the same day an OH family revealed the death of 78-year-old Jerry Curran on January 22.

Cox, who had traveled alone before, was found dead of a heart attack in her hotel room, according to the news outlet.

Cox's wish was to be cremated.

Her family said she was supposed to return home two days ago, but now, they're planning her funeral.

The 25-year-old told Fox news that Dominican authorities have stonewalled him while he pressed them for toxicology tests and information about his mother's death.

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"They've put me against a wall where I don't have a choice", he said.

Leyla's son said his family didn't have the money to figure out any mysteries over his mother's death. She died on June 10, the day after her 53rd birthday. Previous reports indicate that most of the tourists who have died were of good health and their ages ranged between 41 and 67. Officials listed their cause of death as respiratory failure and pulmonary edema.

"I have a right to be suspicious", William previously told Staten Island Advance.

Symptoms among the victims have included nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, all of which are consistent with pesticide or methanol poisoning, Lawrence Kobilinsky, a forensic science professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, told the New York Post.

"It's rare for travelers to die of unknown causes like this, and to have a high number of them in a relatively short period of time is alarming, shocking, sad", Dr. Inglesby said. "It looks to me, from what I've heard and read, is that something was added to the drinks or bottles in those little refrigerators".

Investigators are looking into counterfeit alcohol as the reason behind a string of mysterious deaths in the Dominican Republic.

"We can confirm the death of USA citizen Leyla Cox in the Dominican Republic on June 11". "It's regrettable but sometimes it happens".

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