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US State Department calls reports of deaths of American tourists in the DR “exaggerated”

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The US State Department reported that statistics indicate that the threat to tourists in the Dominican Republic, which is besieged by near-daily reports of mysterious deaths and illnesses, is likely exaggerated, according to NBC News.

For American tourists in the DR, the death rate is around 7.04 per 1,000 people from the last decade until 2018. For comparison, the overall mortality rate in the US was 8.49 per 1,000, according to the report.

In addition, the findings suggest that reports indicating an increase in the number of American tourists dying from unnatural causes may be overestimated.

“We have not seen an increase in the number of deaths of US citizens in the DR reported to the department,” a department official told NBC News.

Seven Americans have died in the Dominican Republic this year from unnatural causes, which fell from 15 reported in June 2011 and 2015, according to NBC News.

These numbers relate to deaths from car accidents, suicides, homicides, and drownings, but not the cases of healthy middle-aged tourists who died suddenly while on vacation, such as Robert Bell Wallace, 67, who suffered a heart attack on 14 April 2019 in a tourist center, in Punta Cana.

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