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Jimmy Buffett Fans Add to Illness Toll at Hotels

Mysterious sickness struck group in Dominican Repubilc
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2019 5:17 PM CDT
Jimmy Buffett Fans Add to Illness Toll at Hotels
The beach in Punta Cana. Tourists from Oklahoma fell ill in April at a resort on the beach.   (Getty/AtanasBozhikovNasko)

(Newser) – The known toll of tourists who have fallen ill at Dominican Republic hotels, some fatally, grew considerably when members of a Jimmy Buffett fan group said they were struck while staying at a beach resort in April. The Central Oklahoma Parrothead Association group was staying at the Hotel Riu Palace Macao in Punta Cana, USA Today reports. Dana Flowers, a member of the group and a travel agent, told KFOR that 47 of its 114 travelers fell ill a few days into their stay.

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Many of the ill tourists were unable to leave their rooms. Flowers lost 14 pounds. "I can't even explain how sick I was," he said. The symptoms included "crippling diarrhea," fever, dizziness, and headaches. Two months later, Flowers tells People, some members of the group still don't feel back to normal. (Read more Dominican Republic stories.)

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