Dominican Republic: Mysterious U.S. Tourist Deaths

WhiskBotLgIf future travel plans include this Caribbean island nation, you may be concerned about news of at least six recent visitor deaths in their hotels. One reported theory about the reason strikes a familiar memory.

Some medical experts have called the fatalities accidental due to unintentional booze poisoning by hotel and restaurant staffs. When empty whiskey bottles are recovered from rooms and mini-bars, they’re illegally refilled with cheap mixtures including deadly ethyl alcohol instead of the original grain alcohol.

Near the end of World War 2, I was with an advance Navy unit in Manila, The Philippines, after the capital was recaptured from the Japanese. Within a few weeks, the city was back in business, especially the bars that catered to American servicemen.

Suddenly, there were reports of violent illnesses and some deaths in Manila bars. As may have happened recently in the Dominican Republic, empty liquor bottles had been filled with the deadly ethyl alcohol. So, if and when you go to that island, be extra careful when boozing!

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