What’s Killing U.S. Tourists On Tropical Islands? 5 Dead

David and Michelle Paul

Investigations are pending as officials try to explain the sudden deaths of five U.S. vacationers in the Dominican Republic, Fiji

| Faith Karimi, June 5, 2019

CNN – Five days before a Maryland couple was found dead in their hotel room in the Dominican Republic, a Pennsylvania woman collapsed and died at the same resort shortly after she checked in, a family spokesman says.

Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, had just checked in on May 25 and enjoyed a drink from the minibar at the Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romana.

She was with her husband, Dan Werner, at the resort celebrating their ninth wedding anniversary when she suddenly collapsed in her hotel room, he said.

“At one point, she was sitting there happily smiling and taking pictures and the next moment she was in acute pain and called out for Dan and she collapsed,” McDonald said.

“He was understandably in shock but the whole thing was just so stunning.”

Couple dies a week later

Five days later, on May 30, Maryland couple Edward Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, missed their scheduled check out time at the same resort. Hotel employees checked on them and found them dead, police said.

When Schaup-Werner’s family heard about the couple’s deaths, they notified the State Department of the similarities and requested an investigation. Schaup-Werner was healthy before her death.

“What we thought was a freak event now we don’t know,” he said.

CNN has reached out to the resort and the Dominican Republic National Police for more information.

Three Americans in five days

After Day and Holmes died, the Dominican Republic National Police said an autopsy concluded the couple had respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, a condition caused by excess fluid in the lungs. Read more. 

Texas couple on holiday in Fiji die from unidentified illness

By Ray Sanchez and Chuck Johnston, June 5, 2019

CNN – The deaths of an American couple who became ill while vacationing in Fiji late last month are being investigated by health officials on the South Pacific Island, with help from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, authorities said Tuesday.

Texas residents David and Michelle Paul arrived in Fiji on May 22, Fiji’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services said in a statement. They were on holiday in the country’s Western Division.

“Although they were provided medical treatment as standard of care, their illnesses progressively worsened and despite best efforts, they died within a few days of each other,” the statement said.

Fiji’s Ministry of Health said investigations into the cause of death are ongoing, but added that influenza has been ruled out. Read more. 


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