There have been at least 10 deaths of American citizens in the country since June 2018. The Ministry of Health communications director Carlos Suero told CNN last month FBI is assisting Dominican Republic officials with the toxicology tests of three American tourists.
In June, Francisco Javier Garcia, the country's tourism minister said in a news conference that the country is taking the deaths very seriously, adding that, "the Dominican Republic is a safe country."
"There is no such thing as mysterious deaths in the Dominican Republic," Garcia said, which USA Today reported at the time. "There is not an avalanche of deaths."