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Dominican Republic resort will remove liquor dispensers, test all food & drinks after string of deaths and illnesses

In response to continued reports of deaths and illnesses among travelers to the Dominican Republic, one Punta Cana resort is implementing some new measures aimed at ensuring guest safety.

As CrimeOnline has previously reported, the Hard Rock Resort & Casino is among the area hotels included in the string of guest deaths making headlines in recent months.

Over the past year, two tourists staying at the resort have died and dozens of others have reported serious illnesses during their stay.

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“We are deeply saddened by these unfortunate incidents, and extend our sincerest sympathy to the families of those affected,” a public statement from Hard Rock began. “Although the official reports state these incidents are unrelated, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana has taken steps, based on guest feedback, to improve the experience and enhance safety moving forward.”

While local authorities continue to investigate causes and determine whether any of the cases were related, the hotel is doing what it can to address some possible causes, as reported by the New York Post.

In addition to removing liquor dispensers from the minibars in suites and using a United State laboratory to test all foods and drinks served, Hard Rock management confirmed in a statement that it will also seek the services of a healthcare company in an effort to “ensure the on-site health clinic is complying with all international and US standards.”

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