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Dominican Republic hotel deaths underscore limits of TripAdvisor’s warning system

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Seven Americans have died and one was brutally assaulted while staying at resorts in the Dominican Republic in recent months, and that is making some American travelers nervous. While there are similarities in the sudden deaths, federal officials currently do not believe they are connected, and the causes are unknown. (Poison? Pesticide? Bootleg liquor? A series of very unfortunate events?) As the FBI moves in to help local authorities investigate and provide toxicological analyses in the hope of finding answers, tourists who had planned to travel to the country may be looking to change their vacation plans. Some may also be looking to find out if hotels they’d booked were the site of any of the unsettling events.

The deaths were reported at three properties: the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana; the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville in San Pedro de Macoris; and the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana. The assault took place........

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