At Least 11 U.S. Tourists Have Died in Dominican Republic in the Past Year & Nobody's Sure Why

June 24, 2019

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The Dominican Republic is facing an epidemic now that at least 11 Americans have died while on vacation there in the past year. Last week, 56-year-old Long Island man Vittorio Caruso became the latest tourist to pass away in the Caribbean country under mysterious circumstances. Caruso's sister-in-law says the family received a phone call on June 17 that he was sick; minutes later, they were told he'd died after experiencing "respiratory distress after drinking something.” While the FBI is investigating at least six of the deaths, Dominican Republic tourism minister Fernando Javier García insists, “There is no mystery whatsoever regarding any of these deaths." However, at least one resort there is taking no chances, with the Hard Rock Resort and Casino announcing it has removed liquor dispensers from guests' minibars.