3 US tourists die in Bahamas hotel after falling ill, another airlifted to hospital

Three US tourists have died at a resort in the Bahamas after falling ill, officials from the Atlantic island nation confirmed, and another was flown to a hospital for treatment.

Acting Prime Minister Chester Cooper issued a statement on Friday saying police were investigating and the cause of death was unknown, although foul play “is not suspected”.

Her identity was not initially made public.

The Health Minister Dr. Michael Darville told Eyewitness News Bahamas on Saturday that some hotel guests went to a clinic Thursday with nausea and vomiting, were treated and discharged. Three were later found dead. A fourth was flown to a hospital in New Providence.

He said the environmental health scientists, doctors and others were investigating to make sure there was no public health risk.

“We believe what we’re seeing is an isolated case in a specific area,” he said, adding that investigators are conducting toxicology and blood tests to determine the cause of the disease.

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Cooper represented Prime Minister Philip E. Davis, who was out of the country.

The Prime Minister’s Office communications director, Latrae L. Rahming, tweeted that the deaths occurred at Sandals Emerald Bay in Exuma.

In a statement to People Magazine, a Sandals representative confirmed the deaths and said the company was “actively working to assist both the investigation and the guests’ families in any way we can.”

There was no immediate further response to an Associated Press query to the hotel company on Saturday.

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