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A New Jersey man is at least the eighth person to die while on vacation in the DR in the last 12 months. His cause of death has not been released. Mola Lenghi reports.
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A group of Oklahoma teens’ senior trip to the Dominican Republic was ruined when they fell sick with a mysterious illness.
The recent Deer Creek High School graduates flew on June 8 to the embattled Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, where at least two Americans have died and others have fallen ill, news station KOTV reported.
Liz McLaughlin said her daughter, Libby, was among seven members of the group who fell sick — and they have “no idea what’s going on.”
“We just don’t know what is happening,” McLaughlin told the news station. “Is it the water? Is it the ice? Is it the food? Is it the food handling? Is it the pesticides?”
For the first day, the teens enjoyed themselves hanging out on the beach. But after dining at the resort’s Japanese restaurant, the trip took a turn for the worse, according to KOCO.
“I just woke up, and my stomach was cramping and I was sweating,” Bennet Hill told KOCO. “I was freezing.”
Hill and the six others were rushed by ambulance to the hospital, where they received anti-nausea medicine.
“We’ve been hooked up to IVs since we first got here with antibiotics, just getting hydrated,” Hill said.
It’s unclear whether the group’s illnesses are linked to the fatal cases recently reported at the resort.