The FBI is testing samples from a mini-bar in a resort in the Dominican Republic to see if alcohol is the cause of a burst of mysterious deaths by American tourists on the Caribbean island.
The alcohol from at least one mini-bar at the Bahia Principe Resort in Punta Cana is currently being tested after eight Americans were killed at several hotels in the past year.
The Ministry of Health in the Dominican Republic said the FBI helped them investigate what the range of deaths and illnesses could cause.
FBI agents also help with toxicological tests on three of the Americans who died, said communications director Carlos Suero CNN.
The alcohol from at least one minibar at the Bahia Principe Resort in Punta Cana is currently being tested after eight Americans were killed at several hotels in the past year
Suero said that samples are taken from minibars when someone dies in a hotel room and they are tested for bacteria.
Water from the showers and washbasins at the hotel are also examined.
The FBI revealed last week that it was investigating the deaths and would take blood samples from those who died to test back at its research center in Virginia.
Authorities looking for the bottom of the dead are investigating whether they may have been poisoned by bootleg liquor.
Officials in the Dominican Republic have insisted that the dead are all isolated incidents, but most victims apparently were healthy adults before their sudden death.
A number of them are known to have drunk from the minibar of their hotel room before they became extremely ill.
The eight tourists who died in the past year are: Joseph Allen, 55, David Harrison, 45, Robert Bell Wallace, 67, Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41; Couple Nathaniel Edward Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Day, 49; Yvette Monique Sport, 51 and Leyla Cox, 53.
Three of them died in Grand Bahia Principe La Romana, two in the Hard Rock in Punta Cana, one in Excellence Resorts in Punta Cana, one in the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville and one in the Terra Linda hotel.
The eight tourists who died in the past year are: Joseph Allen, 55, David Harrison, 45, Robert Bell Wallace, 67, Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41; Couple Nathaniel Edward Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Day, 49; Yvette Monique Sport, 51 and Leyla Cox, 53
Three of them died in Grand Bahia Principe La Romana, two at the Hard Rock in Punta Cana (above), one at Excellence Resorts in Punta Cana, one at the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville and one at the Terra Linda hotel.
TIMELINE: American tourists who mysteriously died in the Dominican Republic
June 2018: Yvette Monique Sport, 51, from Glenside, Pennsylvania, dies after drinking from the minibar at a hotel in Bahia Principe in Punta Cana. Family said Sport had the drink, went to sleep and never woke up.
July 2018: David Harrison dies while on vacation at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana to celebrate his wedding anniversary. He woke up struggling to breathe and covered with sweat. He died the same day. He visited the doctor for the trip that had given him a clean health certificate.
April 10, 2019: Robert Bell Wallace, 67, from California, fell ill almost immediately after drinking an alcoholic beverage from his minibar in the room at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana. He died in the hospital on April 14.
May 25, 2019: Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, from Pennsylvannia, dies within hours of having a drink from the resort's mini-bar across the island at the Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romana.
May 25, 2019: Cynthia Day, 49, and Nathaniel Holmes, 63, of Maryland, check in at the Bahia Principe Hotel, La Romana. They were found dead in their room on May 30.
June 10, 2019: Leyla Cox, 53, from Staten Island, New York, is found dead in her hotel room. Officials say she died of a heart attack, but her son says he's suspicious.
June 13, 2019: New Jersey man Joseph Allen, 55, was found dead in his hotel room at the Terra Linda hotel in Sosua. He was there to celebrate a friend's birthday.
Many others have also reported that they became ill during their vacation but survived.
In a separate interview with Fox News on Tuesday, the Ministry of Health spokeswoman rejected concerns about mysterious deaths such as & # 39; hysteria & # 39; which was intended to injure the tourist industry of the Caribbean island.
& # 39; It's all a hysteria against the Dominican Republic, to harm our tourism, this is a very competitive industry and we get millions of tourists, we are a popular destination. People refer to us. & # 39;
& # 39; The test results are all negative, everything – the food, the alcohol, the air – is normal, there is no change in the alcohol. & # 39;
Joseph Allen, 55, from Avenel, New Jersey, was found dead earlier this month in his hotel room at the Terra Linda hotel in Sosua.
New York woman Leyla Cox, 53, was found dead in her hotel room on June 10 – the day after her birthday.
Her son William has claimed that no toxicological report has been made about his mother because all the machines in the country are broken.
Three people who died last month all arrived in the seaside town of San Pedro de Macoris on 25 May.
Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, from Pennsylvannia, booked a room with her husband at the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville hotel.
She lost consciousness on the day of her arrival after going out on the balcony. She could not be revived by her husband or hotel medical staff.
Schaup-Werner died within hours of consuming a drink from the resort's minibar.
The couple from Maryland Cynthia Day, 49, and Edward Holmes, 63, stayed in the adjacent Grand Bahia Principe La Romana hotel.
They were found dead on May 30 in their room by hotel staff.
The three victims died of respiratory problems and pulmonary edema, while Schaup-Werner also had a heart attack, according to the Dominican prosecutor.
VICTIMS (from left to right, top to bottom): Leyla Cox, Robert Bell Wallace, Yvette Monique Sport, Miranda Schaup-Werner, David Harrison, Joseph Allen, Cynthia Day and Nathaniel Holmes
Robert Wallace, a 67-year-old from California, died on April 14 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in the resort of Punta Cana.
His niece said he had just drunk a Scotch from his minibar before he fell ill. He died four days later.
& # 39; He started to feel very ill, he had blood in his urine and relieved immediately afterwards, & # 39; his cousin Chloe Arnold told Fox News.
Pennsylvania woman Yvette Monique Sport, 51, died in June 2018 after drinking from the minibar at a Bahia Principe hotel in Punta Cana.
Her family said that Sport, who was healthy until her death, drank the drink, went to sleep and never woke up.
Maryland husband David Harrison, 45, died that same year at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in July 2018. He was on vacation with his wife Dawn McCoy to celebrate their wedding anniversary.
He awoke with difficulty breathing and covered with sweat before he died hours later. His wife said that before the trip, he had visited the doctor who had given him a clean health certificate.
McCoy said she initially accepted that her husband succumbed to a heart attack, as was imposed on her, but now asks questions.
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