Group reportedly falls ill at Dominican Republic resort during teens' senior trip

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According to news reports and the U.S. State Department, seven Americans have become ill and died this year in the Dominican Republic, under circumstances that are prompting questions.

"I feel like this is a cover-up and I feel like the less clues you have, the better for them", Jason Allen told Essence.

Allen's body has still not been returned to the USA, and his family does not know where his body is, the report said.

Dozens of other visitors also said they were sickened after staying at hotels and resorts around the country in the past year.

The 55-year-old's sister, Jamie Reed, told ABC that he died while he was on a trip to the lovely Caribbean isle to celebrate a friend's birthday.

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.

Skylar said while reports of sickness and death out of the Dominican Republic seem isolated, her experience in the country left her with a different impression.

Many Americans may be wondering if they should cancel their upcoming trips to the Caribbean paradise after the recent deaths of several tourists there have confounded authorities and set the nation on edge.

June 10, 2019: Leyla Cox, a 53-year-old woman, died of a heart attack, according to her hotel. Maryland couple Cynthia Ann Day, 49, and her fiancé Nathaniel Edward Holmes, 63, were staying at the same Grand Baha Principe hotel. Now the FBI is investigating.

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"We didn't think anything of it, because he does this all the time", she told ABC. The causes of the deaths are being probed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

His death comes as more Americans are reporting incidents of mysterious illnesses and deaths in the Dominican Republic.

A representative for Terra Linda resort was not immediately available for comment.

"All tourists are very important to us", Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia said.

"We offer our sincerest condolences to the family for their loss", a State Department spokesman said.

An estimated two million Americans visited the Dominican Republic in 2018. Schwander said they woke up one morning to a odd smell in their room and severe headaches. "We have no idea what's going on", she told the station. In July 2018, David Harrison died from an apparent heart attack, which his widow, Dawn McCoy, now finds suspicious.

"It's not how risky a place is, it's the level of safety", said Kurtz, "and do I trust the Dominican government right now; do I trust the authorities in the Dominican Republic". The cause of death was listed as a heart attack and pulmonary edema by local authorities.

Mark Hurlbut Jr. told AZ Family last Saturday that his father, 62-year-old Mark Hurlbut Sr., and his wife were in Punta Cana when both became sick the night before Hurlbut Sr. passed away. He chose to shower and go to bed early. Sport also had a drink from the minibar, she said.

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