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3 US tourists die at Bahamas hotel after falling ill

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Posted at 2:32 PM, May 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-08 06:22:12-04

MEXICO CITY (AP/ABC News) — Officials in the Bahamas say three U.S. tourists have died at a resort there after falling ill and another has been airlifted to a hospital for treatment.

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

In a statement to ABC News, Sandals Resorts says the three were guests at Sandals Emerald Bay and died Friday.

"A health emergency was initially reported and following our protocols we immediately alerted emergency medical professionals and relevant local authorities. We are actively working to support both the investigation as well as the guests’ families in every way possible during this difficult time," the statement read. "Out of respect for the privacy of our guests, we cannot disclose further information at this time.”

Their identifies haven't been made public.

Health Minister Michael Darville said Saturday that some hotel guests went to a clinic Thursday with nausea and vomiting, were treated and left. Three were later found dead.

A fourth was flown to a hospital.

ABC News reports Darville said “there's no potential risk to any of the residents on Exuma as well as residents at the resort or any other resort on Exuma.”

Environmental health scientists, physicians and others were investigating to ensure there was not a public health hazard and initial investigations indicate it was an isolated incident.