Steve Harvey hosting event in Dominican Republic resort where tourists died

What was supposed to be a fun senior class trip to Dominican Republic turned into a nightmare for a group of Oklahoma high school graduates and their chaperones.

It's still unclear how this flurry of bad press will affect the Dominican Republic's vital tourism sector, which accounted for more than 17 percent of the country's total GDP in 2017, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. Rycroft's news alarmed her fans given the recent reports of multiple American tourists' deaths while they were vacationing at resorts in Punta Cana.

"It's rare for travelers to die of unknown causes like this, and to have a high number of them in a relatively short period of time is alarming, shocking, sad", Dr. Inglesby said.

According to NBC News, the seven US citizens who have died in the Dominican Republic so far in 2019 is lower than the number of deaths in many recent years.

"If I don't feel it's safe, I won't go", he says. And then we found out that they were sick.

The travel search site Kayak has seen flight searches from the United States to the Dominican Republic drop 19 percent for the first half of June compared with the same time a year ago.

A 78-year-old former Clevelander, Jerry Curran, is also among those who died, during a trip in January.

Businesswoman and "Shark Tank" star Barbara Corcoran, said her brother died in his hotel room in the Dominican Republic at the end of April from what is believed to be natural causes.

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"We are closely monitoring ongoing investigations by Dominican authorities into several recent deaths of USA citizens in the Dominican Republic", the statement continued.

"Without knowing what is happening over there and why this is happening, they just didn't feel comfortable going there so we made a decision to change our trip to Mexico instead", Zeier said.

Officials said a heart attack was the cause.

Direct answers from the wide swath of hotels and resorts that pepper the Dominican Republic's popular tourist areas were harder to come by.

"She was too healthy to pass away of a heart attack".

The location of the Dominican Republic. "These incidents are tragic and we offer our deepest condolences to those personally impacted", Ambassador Robin Bernstein said according to the statement.

Wallace died on April 12 after becoming ill at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, relatives told CNN affiliate KTXL. A family spokesman told news outlets that she collapsed after getting a drink from the minibar. Melissa's rep told the outlet that she "has had major stomach issues since returning from the Dominican Republic".

Joseph Allen's family says he traveled to the Dominican Republic frequently and was in good health upon his latest visit, though last week he was found lifeless at the Terra Linda Resort in Sosúa, a day after complaining about being hot at the pool.

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