The eight mysterious American deaths on the Dominican Republic are 'fake news' and tests prove each tourist died of natural causes, according to public health officials there.
Carlos Suero, who works for the Ministry of Public Health, dismissed the reports as 'hysteria', saying they are part of an effort to undermine the island's tourism, arguing that the 'the food, the alcohol, the air is normal'.
He told Fox News on Wednesday: 'It's all a hysteria against the Dominican Republic, to hurt our tourism, this is a very competitive industry and we get millions of tourists, we are a popular destination. People are taking aim at us.'
It was revealed Monday that an eighth American tourist died in mysterious circumstances while vacationing in the Dominican Republic.
The State Department confirmed that Joseph Allen, 55, of Avenel, New Jersey, was found dead in his hotel room at the Terra Linda hotel in Sosua earlier this month.
This is a different resort to where the other Americans have died. Three American tourists have died at the Grand Bahia Príncipe La Romana, two at the Hard Rock in Punta Cana, one at Excellence Resorts in Punta Cana and one at the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville.
The map above shows the five resorts where American tourists have died mysteriously over the past year
Joseph Allen, 55, of Avenel, New Jersey, was found dead in his hotel room at the Terra Linda hotel in Sosua
Allen, 55, of Avenel, New Jersey, was found dead in his hotel room at the Terra Linda hotel in Sosua (pictured)
The FBI is reportedly currently investigating whether the dead tourists had drunk tainted liquor and is analyzing minibar samples from the Bahia Príncipe resort, according to CNN.
But Suero added: 'The testing results are all negative, everything – the food, the alcohol, the air – is normal, there is no alteration of the alcohol.
'With all the tourists we get every year, we make sure we comply with international standards for everything.'
Dominican Public Health Minister Rafael Sanchez Cardenas has already said the reports are 'setup' aimed at 'hurting tourism'.
Suero added: 'People die all over the world. Unfortunately, very unfortunately for us, these tourists have died here. We had about 14 deaths last year here of U.S. tourists, and no one said a word. Now everyone is making a big deal of these.
'I went to the United States and got an infection in my throat, but luckily I was returning to the Dominican Republic soon after. If I'd died, would I have been right to blame the United States? No.'
More US families are still coming forward with their own horror stories from their vacation on the island, including the Jensen family, pictured
David Harrison and Robert Bell Wallace died at the at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, pictured, in the last year
Leyla Cox, 53, of New Brighton, flew to the Dominican Republic on June 5. She was expected to spend a week on the island before flying back to New York on Wednesday, according to her son, William Cox. She died last Monday
Cynthia Day, 49, and Nathaniel Holmes, 63, of Maryland, checked into the Bahia Principe Hotel, La Romana on May 25. They were found dead in their rooms five days now and their families say they now plan to carry out their own autopsies on their bodies
More US families are still coming forward with their own horror stories from their vacation on the island.
Amy Burbach Jensen, 51, told The New York Post her family fell violently ill last week at the Hard Rock Hotel and Resort in Punta Cana.
She said: 'In my opinion, they should shut down that hotel and figure out what’s going down.'
Amy, from Fairfax, Virginia, claims five of her eight family members fell ill with her son Ben, 18, was 'so sick that he was curling on the floor and just laid on the shower'.
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Two American tourists have died at the Hard Rock in the past year. Robert Bell Wallace, 67, of California became ill almost immediately after drinking an alcoholic beverage from his in-room minibar at the hotel on April 10, and died on April 14 after being hospitalized.
In July 2018, David Harrison, 45, of Maryland died of an alleged heart attack while vacationing with his wife and their son at the Hard Rock, which his widow now calls into question