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.