Dominican minister of health says recent tourist deaths not related

Dominican minister of health says recent tourist deaths not related

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — Another American died last week while vacationing in the Dominican Republic. Vittorio Caruso, 56, from Glen Cove, New York is the eighth American to die there this year.

 

The Dominican Republic’s minister of health, Dr. Rafael Sanchez Cardenas, said medical reports show the recent American tourist deaths are not related.

 

CBS News was able to look at the records, but the minister insists that the autopsies performed on at least eight Americans who died this year show they had at least one pre-existing condition, ranging from morbid obesity to hypertension. At least five people who died appeared to have similar symptoms.

 

“What do we have here? Tourists who arrive with pre-existing conditions and die in this country as they do in all countries”, said Mr. Cardenas.

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