An autopsy showed that a Georgian man who suffered a deadly & # 39; respiratory disease & # 39; during the vacation in the Dominican Republic. suffered from & # 39; natural causes & # 39; died.
Tracy Jerome Jester Jr. became the 13th American who died suspiciously at the tourist destination after falling to his knees on March 16 and starting vomiting blood.
The 31-year-old from Forsyth had been on vacation with his sister for just over a day when he collapsed due to breathing difficulties and later died.
His mother Melody Moore told it WSB-TV-2 the moment she had spoken to him the night before and that the only strange thing he mentioned was a soda that didn't taste good & # 39;
His death caused security concerns in the Caribbean country and became the thirteenth US citizen to die there since June 2018.
But a statement from the national tourism minister, Francisco Javier Garcia, said Wednesday that there was nothing suspicious about the man's death.
& # 39; We express our sincere condolences to Mr. Jester's family, & # 39; Garcia wrote.
The death of 31-year-old Tracy Jerome Jester Jr. is ruled as & # 39; natural causes & # 39 ;. The official causes were listed as & # 39; basic bilateral pneumonia & # 39; it led to water build-up between his chest and lungs, making it harder for him to breathe
Dominican Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia extended the & # 39; sincere condolences & # 39; from the nation to the Jester family in a statement
The cause of death of Jester was reported as basal bilateral pneumonia, which caused pleural effusion and acute respiratory failure, according to ABC
The infection is known as & # 39; double pneumonia & # 39; because both lungs are affected, causing water to accumulate between the chest and lungs – making it harder to breathe, according to Medical news today.
Garcia described it as an & # 39; isolated incident & # 39 ;, according to the New York Post.
His body was on April 4 at the US. returned, where Moore said her son lupus and a & # 39; respiratory disease & # 39; had it written on the death certificate.
& # 39; Because I am a mother, I want to go to where he was, where he eventually died, & # 39; she said WSB-TV-2 last week. & # 39; Something is wrong, my son is gone. Something is really wrong. & # 39;
At that time, the US Department of Foreign Affairs said ABC that there was no connection between the death of Jester and that of other tourists. They said there was no increase in American deaths in the Dominican Republic.
Prior to the findings of the autopsy report, Garcia said: & # 39; We want the truth to prevail … There is nothing to hide here. & # 39;
Nevertheless, Garcia has recently announced a new intergovernmental Council for Tourism Security to protect & # 39; the traveling public & # 39 ;.
The team will have multilingual specialists to connect tourists and their families with government agencies, the NYPost reported.
Jester spent a little more than a day on vacation with his sister in the Dominican Republic before suddenly having trouble breathing, sank to the floor and began to vomit blood
Jester died on March 17 after breathing difficulties that would later become known as & # 39; basal bilateral pneumonia & # 39;
Hotels across the country must provide information about their food processing procedures and a list of information about all their food and beverage suppliers.
Medical professionals in hotels will also be checked, according to a newly appointed & # 39; Department of Tourism Services and Companies, & # 39; according to Garcia. With special attention to the qualifications of doctors, nurses, assistants and other personnel.
Swimming pools and other water facilities will also be inspected to ensure that rescuers are fully certified.
A final measure in the country will reinforce the requirement that emergency information is placed in every guest room, in a clearly visible place. The hotel staff is also responsible for reviewing that information with guests as soon as they check in.
According to Garcia, about 2.7 million Americans visit the Dominican Republic every year.
He said: “We have always worked hard to create a safe environment and will remain vigilant with extensive programs and improved standards that enhance the well-being of the six million tourists who visit the Dominican Republic every year, & # 39;
Since June 2018, 13 Americans have died of a large number of tragic incidents in the Dominican Republic.
Vittorio Caruso, 56, from Glen Cove, was the most recent after his death on June 17, shortly after allegedly drinking and seriously ill at Boca Chica Resort in Santo Domingo.
& # 39; We found out that he was taken to the hospital by ambulance in breathlessness after drinking, & # 39; said Lisa Maria Caruso, Caruso's sister-in-law.
The map above shows the number of deaths of 12 other American tourists in the Dominican Republic in the past year
Vittorio Caruso (left), 56, from Glen Cove, New York, died on June 17 at the Boca Chica Resort in Santo Domingo. Jerry Curran, 78, from Ohio, died in January while staying at the Dreams Resort in Punta Cana. Their deaths bring the total number of American holidaymakers who died in the last year in the Dominican Republic to 12
& # 39; We were told that he did not respond to medication that he received and died.
Donette Edge Cannon, 38, died four days after arriving at the Sunscape Bávaro Beach Punta Cana on May 14
& # 39; I honestly don't know exactly what happened, because we have been told conflicting stories from different people there.
Earlier last month it was announced that a retired police officer from Ohio became the 11th American vacationer who suddenly died in the Dominican Republic.
Jerry Curran, a 78-year-old who had served with the Bedford Police Department for 32 years before becoming a bailiff, died in January while staying at the Dreams Resort in Punta Cana.
Three days after he and his wife Janet arrived at the resort on January 22, Curran started vomiting and did not respond. He underwent surgery but died hours later, WYKC reports.
"He went to the Dominican Republic in a healthy way and never came back," said daughter Kellie Brown.
Maryland couple Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, were found dead in their hotel room at the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana Resort in San Pedro de Macoris.
An autopsy later confirmed that they had died of respiratory failure caused by pulmonary edema – fluid in the lungs.
Jester's body came home on April 4, but his mother asks for more details about his death – he says: & # 39; I would like to know the truth & # 39 ;.
However, the state department claims that there is no evidence that Jester & # 39; s links death to the other American fatalities.
TIME LINE: The 13 American tourists who mysteriously died in the Dominican Republic last year
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.
January 2019: Jerry Curran, a 78-year-old who had served in the Bedford Police Department for 32 years, died while staying at the Dreams Resort in Punta Cana.
March 17, 2019: Jerome Jester Jr. from Forsyth, Georgia, died just a day after he went to see the Caribbean nation.
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 14, 2019: Donette Edge Cannon, 38, from Queens died four days after arriving at the Sunscape Bávaro Beach Punta Cana.
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.
June 17, 2019: Vittorio Caruso, 56, from Glen Cove, NY died at the Boca Chica Resort in Santo Domingo.
June 18, 2019: Louisiana wife Susan Simoneaux, 59, died in New Orleans after being rushed to the hospital with fluid on her lungs. Her death came a week after she returned from her honeymoon in the Dominican Republic.
& # 39; We can confirm the death of an American citizen in the Dominican Republic in March 2019 & # 39 ;, a provincial department spokesperson told ABC News at the weekend.
& # 39; We express our sincere condolences to the family for their loss. Out of respect for the family in this difficult time, we have no additional information to provide. & # 39;
Last month, the Donette Edge Cannon, 38, family from Queens revealed that she died four days after arriving at the Sunscape Bávaro Beach Punta Cana on May 14.
Dominican authorities ruled that her cause of death was kidney failure.
& # 39; Their conclusion was kidney failure, but it was never about what made her initially ill & # 39 ;, said her sister, Candace Edge Johnson, after her death.
The shocked family did not initially question the resort when Cannon fell ill.
& # 39; We were so traumatized that we didn't think about these things, & # 39; said Johnson. & # 39; I had worked more towards the resort to see if there was food poisoning and the decisions about dialysis hospitals, and only their (lack of) urgency to warn people (for help). & # 39;
There are no indications that the deaths are related, US officials say, but the last two families believe otherwise.
Most families of those who died have shared that they are skeptical of Dominican officials.
The FBI is now helping to investigate after the mysterious deaths.
Carlos Suero, who works for the Ministry of Health in the DR, said the speculative reports are dismissed as & # 39; hysteria & # 39; and said they are part of an attempt to undermine the island's tourism.
& # 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;
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 other tourists who died last 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.
Tourism Minister Francisco Javier García told reporters that autopsies for eight deaths in the Dominican Republic show that tourists died due to natural causes. He did not mention three of the victims
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