Jinxed holidays in Domincan Republic sees Portuguese rushed into hospital
The jinxed holidays of so many in the Dominican Republic have now claimed a Portuguese victim.
The 42-year-old woman was diagnosed with gastroenteritis while on holiday in the Caribbean nation that shares its island with Haiti. But her symptoms worsened. By the time she arrived home in Portugal she had ‘part of her body swollen, difficulty in breathing and muscular pains’.
She was immediately taken to hospital where she was found to have inflammation of the heart muscle.
The woman, resident in Vila Nova de Famalicão, is currently interned at Braga hospital and expected to make a full recovery.
As reports explain, her hopes for a dream holiday “almost lead to her death”.
Portuguese authorities have warned nationals of travel to the Dominican Republic (click here), following the ‘mysterious deaths’ of 19 US nationals.
A number of the cases involved holidaymakers drinking alcohol from their hotel minibars.
In this case, local paper O Minho, says the woman may have become ill as a result of tainted ice in a drink.
O Minho leads its story with the fact that FBI detectives are aware of this latest incident, and following the woman’s ‘clinical situation’.
In the United States, travel warnings about the Dominican Republic persist, not only over the recent tourist deaths and illnesses. The State Department’s advice, updated in April, is that nationals should “exercise increased caution due to crime: violent crime, including armed robbery, homicide, and sexual assault”.