‘I Can’t Even Explain How Sick I Was:’ 47 People Got Ill During One Trip to Dominican Republic

Epoch Times: Nearly half of the people on a large group trip to the Dominican Republic got sick after drinking alcohol from a bar at the pool at the resort, said a travel agent who was on the trip and was among those who fell ill.

The latest report on sickness in the country comes after the 11th suspicious death in the last 12 months was reported.

Dana Flowers, an Oklahoma-based travel agent, said that he and 113 others traveled to the country in April and checked into the Hotel Riu Palace Macao in Punta Cana.

Things went well for several days before people started to get sick.

“Lost 14 pounds during that time and was really sick,” he told KFOR. “I can’t even explain how sick I was.”

Of the people on the trip, 47 got sick. Many were confined to their rooms.

“It wasn’t just any kind of normal sickness. It was putting them down and in their room for two-three days at a time. Some people were even longer than that,” Flowers told KOKH. Flowers himself remained ill for 19 days.

“I thought I was going to pass out in the bathroom, just because the cramps were so bad,” added Kimberly Ridlen, who was also on the trip and got sick.

Ridlen said she got better before getting sick again.

“About a week later, after I was home again, which was a Friday morning around one in the morning, I got hit with it again and had really, really severe cramping and diarrhea with bloody stools,” Ridlen said.

20 Comments on ‘I Can’t Even Explain How Sick I Was:’ 47 People Got Ill During One Trip to Dominican Republic

  1. I DID EVERYTHING RIGHT IN THAILAND I.E. BOTTLED WATER, PEEL-AND-EAT FRUIT, ETC…BUT CAUGHT DYSENTERY…WENT FROM 158 TO 144 LBS FROM PATTAYA BEACH TO SUBIC BAY IN A BATTLESHIP..ABOUT A WEEK…THE DEHYDRATION CAN KILL YOU IF YOU DONT KEEP UP!! TERRIBLE STUFF!! I WAS AFRAID I WAS GOING TO DIE, THEN WORRIED I WASN’T!!

    ACTUALLY WORSE THAN BEING MARRIED!!

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  2. Mew tourism tag line for the DR:
    “Come for the Sun & Fun, Leave here with bloody diarrhea”.

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  3. It’s been well established that the resorts in Mexico doctor the shit out of their alcohol.
    Never drink from a bottle that didn’t have a good factory seal.

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  4. @Benito – I gotta call bullshit. No mere disease or sickness can possibly be worse than being married (at least to my ex) from my horrific experience. I can give you my ex-wife’s number if you want to verify for yourself LOL. Might make you appreciate intestinal viruses.

    @MJA – I saw a cartoon about a cheap vacation = the problem was it was to Dominican Republic on a 737 MAX jet.

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  5. BUBBA’S BRO, NO THANKS!! BUT YOU CAN HAVE MINE!!

    PEACE BE WITH YOU, BRO!! YOU’VE EARNED IT!!

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  6. The Dominican Republic is obviously reuniting with its neighbour, Haiti. One shithole is basically indistinguishable from another.

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  7. Before my experience, I used to think that Henny Youngman’s one-liners “take my wife …… please” and “my wife just ran off with my best friend ….. boy, I sure do miss him” were jokes. Now I know they were really veiled pleas for help.

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  8. The Clinton’s made a killing after the storms hit Haiti a few years back.
    They likely sent Hillary’s brother Tony Rodham down there to secure the rest of the island.

    What? Too soon?

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  9. Most of the residents of 3rd world nations are loaded with a host of parasites and that goes triple for the tropics. Our systems are too accustomed to clean food and water and can’t handle the bombardment of microbes that await for even the most careful.
    I’ve spent time in some of these places and was lucky and never took ill.
    It’s probably because I kept myself so infused with alcohol that the critters were instantly embalmed the moment they tried to make entry.

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  10. The nice folks at the DR resorts are probably topping off their liquor bottles with wood alcohol. They’re careful not to overdo it so not to wind up with a blinded tour group. For the non drinkers they thought of you too, along with some cheap trinkets from the gift shops you’ll be carrying home a writhing brood of intestinal worms the size of eels.
    Enjoy your stay in the island paradise!

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  11. Several years ago I heard you had to watch out
    in even the big Mexican resort towns for bad booze.
    Then the story quietly disappeared.
    I wonder how many blind or dead touristas there were/are?

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  12. “”Learn from the mistakes of others because you’ll never live long enough to make them all yourself””. I heard that in my travels thru life and found it to be true. I like to stay around home and “Never bunch up” around potentially sick, weird people, or **WAR ZONES**.

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  13. Geese can drink from water they shit in.
    I don’t know how or why, but it’s a fact.

    Dominican Republic-ans may be the same – and there’s nothing special going on there, it’s just that we (humans) aren’t used to it.

    I can’t see them trying to destroy tourism by assailing the tourists.
    But – I have been wrong before!

    izlamo delenda est …

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  14. Used to do missions trips to the DR and Haiti. I was the team nurse. Always ended up babysitting several team members from Santa Domingo to Miami then on to Chicago, I would spend the flight standing at the bathroom door handing in bottled water, meds, baby wipes, and a set of borrowed clean clothing.

    Usually because they wouldn’t listen when I told them to use bottled water even when brushing your teeth, I don’t care if you have access to tap water don’t trust it.

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  15. Why would a resort doctor its alchohol to make patrons deathly ill? That’s not exactly a good marketing ploy, is it?

    Does anyone think DR is going to enjoy a boom in tourism because of this? If anyone is doing the doctoring, it would be a disgruntled or sociopathic employee. Or perhaps someone is trying to destroy the reputation of a certain resort or DR itself

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  16. Once went to Mexico on a train with family when I was 13. Got a case of “Montezuma’s Revenge” from using ICE made from local water supply in my drink, which required an unscheduled change of underwear. I knew I wasn’t supposed to drink the water, but didn’t realize a little ice melt could do the trick

    Because of the situation, my dad, a pretty socially conservative fellow, actually allowed me to drink beer. But he was also a doctor, which probably explains it. Interesting experience, my first alchohol consumption took place on a moving train. It was a real hoot — until it wasn’t

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