Dozens Of Jimmy Buffett Fans Got Sick In The Dominican Republic

By Bill Galluccio

June 17, 2019

A large group of Jimmy Buffet fans from Oklahoma who were vacationing in the Dominican Republic got sick during their trip. 114 people from the Central Oklahoma Parrothead Association were staying at the Hotel Riu Palace Macao in April when 47 people reported coming down with a mysterious illness.

"About midweek people began to get sick and were missing events, and we began to wonder what was going on,'' Dana Flowers told NBC's Molly Hunter on TODAY. "Most people initially thought that it was food poisoning.

Flowers says that it took nearly three weeks before he started to feel better, losing 14 pounds during the ordeal.

One person told NBC News that she lost 19 pounds, saying that she was "just grateful to be alive at this point." Another member of the group says that she tested positive for salmonella and that the resort did not take her concerns seriously.

Over the past few months, at least seven Americans have died under mysterious circumstances while vacationing in the Dominican Republic. While many of the cases have similarities, officials continue to say they are not related.

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