Pizzeria owner dies in Dominican Republic — A woman from Louisiana, a Pizzeria owner, 59, has died a week after returning with liquid in the lungs of her honeymoon in the Dominican Republic.
For its part, the FBI has begun to analyze samples of a mini bar in a tourist center to see if alcohol is the culprit of the death of eight other Americans who were on vacation in this same country.
Susan Simoneaux, 59, died Tuesday in New Orleans after being taken to the hospital with fluid in her lungs. Her death came a week after she had celebrated her honeymoon in Punta Cana with her husband Keith Williams. He stated that he knew the eight cases of Americans who died in the Dominican Republic recently. “If I had known, I would never have traveled there.”
Although the cause of Simoneaux’s death has not been determined, his symptoms coincide with those of three other tourists who died in the last month.
The Ministry of Health of the Dominican Republic affirms that the FBI is working to determine what causes the deaths of these tourists.
FBI agents are also helping with the toxicology tests of three of the Americans who have died, said Carlos Suero, communication director of the Ministry, to CNN.
The authorities of the country affirm that the deaths of these nine people are isolated cases, although it is known that most of them drank from the hotel mini bar before getting sick.
However, Reynold Panettieri, toxicologist and vice-chancellor of Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA), considers it possible that exposure to a toxic substance has been the cause of the death of American tourists in mysterious circumstances during his stay in the Dominican Republic.
In an interview on Friday for Fox News, the expert described as “very curious” that the deaths occurred in such a relatively short period and that some of the victims did not suffer from “any pre-existing disease.”
“This really suggests exposure to a potential toxic agent, it could be an ingested topic , in this case alcohol, or [a substance] inhaled, the ultimate cause of these deaths is still an enigma,” he said.
Pending the histopathological and toxicology studies to issue the final report on these deaths, it has been reported that tourists suffered apparently random health failures, mainly heart attacks or pulmonary edema (abnormal accumulation of fluid in the lungs).
In this context, the toxicologist notes that this situation refers to the case of a family in 2015 that was exposed to a pesticide in the Virgin Islands (USA), with “devastating consequences of pulmonary edema” by inhalation of toxins. ” [The toxins] could be odorless and colorless , so you would never know what you were exposed to,” Panettieri explains.