Dozens of Jimmy Buffett fans claim they got sick when they visited the Dominican Republic in April, and while some were supposedly tested positive for salmonella, the rest are surprised by their symptoms.
"We had a good time four or five days By the middle of the week, people were getting sick," said Dana Flowers, a local travel agent and member of the Central Oklahoma Parrothead Association, to KFOR.com.
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Flowers reported that 114 "Parrotheads" had died in the Hotel Riu Palace Macau in Punta Cana and that 47 of them had become ill, including themselves. However, he was not one of the tourists tested for salmonella, he told KFOR.com.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that Salmonella in the US causes about 1.2 million illnesses each year, with food being the main culprit. Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection, which usually resolve within four to seven days. Most people recover without medical intervention, but others with severe dehydration may need to go to the hospital.
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The majority of the group swam in the pools and drank poolside bar, said Flowers, but they have no concrete answers to their symptoms. He also said that they knew nothing about the persistent diseases that afflict tourists in the Dominican Republic.
Known as a popular holiday destination for Americans in the Caribbean, Dominican authorities are forced to provide tourists with a range of deaths and serious illnesses they suffer from. The FBI is currently assisting the Dominican authorities to investigate the deaths, with links to hotel minibars in many cases.
Flowers said that some of his group consumed drinks from the minibar, but he did not. Flowers also suggested he was flying to St. Somewhere rather than back to the Dominican Republic.
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"I will not return to the Dominican Republic that fast," he told KFOR.com.