Denver man dies after getting sick during Dominican Republic vacation

Khalid Adkins 46 died at a Santo Domingo hospital just days after suddenly falling ill in the Dominican Republic

Khalid Adkins 46 died at a Santo Domingo hospital just days after suddenly falling ill in the Dominican Republic

The airline is now giving passengers three options ahead of Dominican Republic travel plans booked through August 15: Remain on the flight, change the flight dates, or cancel the itinerary altogether.

After the reporting on Schaup-Werner, more coverage followed, with relatives of people who died in the Dominican Republic telling local reporters across the United States that they were anxious about their loved ones being victims of a unusual chain of unexplained deaths, possibly caused by adulterated alcohol or misused pesticides. For those canceling their trips altogether, Delta is issuing a credit for use up to one year from the original booking date.

Before his death, his sister-in-law, Marla Strick, said that officials "transferred him to Santo Domingo and [said] that his breathing is really bad and that his kidneys were failing".

Tourism officials in the Dominican Republic said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and health specialists were investigating numerous cases.

If the numbers along with the State Department, FBI and CDC's lack of immediate response and warning to travelers isn't enough to reassure you that the Dominican Republic remains a safe destination, consider talking to a travel agent.

The initial stall on bookings began in May, when travelers Miranda Schaup-Werner, Nathaniel Holmes, and Cynthia Day tragically died.

Between June 1 and June 19, cancellations increased 51% compared to the same period a year ago. In a recent interview with Fox News, Ministry of Public Health spokesman Carlos Suero dismissed some of the mysterious deaths as "fake news". His relatives have now set up a GoFundMe page to fundraise to get his body back to the US. "The problem you have here is the uncertainty, because the deaths are a mystery". "It amounts to a awful image crisis for the Dominican Republic because the US is the number one source market for tourism to the destination and its economy is highly dependent on foreign visitors". According to the report, bookings to Jamaica, the Bahamas, and Aruba were up 26.0 percent, 44.5 percent, and 31.3 percent respectively.

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Amid a spate of unexplained illnesses on the island, 13 Americans have now lost their lives while visiting the Dominican Republic.

The grounds of a resort are seen in an image taken June 20, 2019 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

At least some of the deaths are believed to have been from natural causes, and so far a connection between the deaths has not been established.

As another potential blow to Dominican tourism, Delta announced on Tuesday it will allow passengers to re-book at no extra charge.

The island's tourism minister, Francisco Javier García, said the deaths are a medically and statistically normal phenomenon.

In response to the ongoing events, a Dominican Republic official attempted to alleviate concerns during a press conference.

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