28 Canadians Have Mysteriously Died In The Dominican Republic In 2019 And No One Knows Why
This is in addition to several American tourist deaths.
Just last month we wrote an article after learning thatwhile on vacation in the Dominican Republic.
At the time of writing the article, there were nine confirmed reports of American tourists dying mysteriously at resorts and the FBI had inevitably begun an investigation.
Now, Global News is reporting that 28 Canadians have also died in the Dominican Republic this year, raising more concern over the safety of this popular tourist destination.
The Government of Canada's Travel Advisory site does warn travellers to "exercise a high degree of caution," when travelling to the Dominican Republic, but that warning pertains to the high crime rate in the country.
Which is what makes these deaths so mysterious and confusing - because in nearly every case it was a healthy person that then reported sudden illness, as opposed to them meeting some violent end at the hands of a criminal.
While the Government of Canada has issued travel warnings for the DR in relation to spiked food and drinks in the country in the past, they've not made any indication that there has been that kind of foul play in the recent deaths that have occurred there.
According to numbers gathered by Global News from Global Affairs Canada, the average number of Canadian deaths in the Dominican Republic between 2009 and 2014 was just 39 deaths.
That number has increased to an average of 47 Canadian deaths in the DR between 2015 and 2019.
However, the increase in deaths is still not being linked to anything specific, by the Canadian government or the American government.
So while it seems easy to draw parallels between cases, there's no way to know for sure if these deaths are linked, and if so, how they are linked.
It's also important to remember that while 28 Canadians have died in the past seven months, that is a tiny fraction of the nearly 550,000 Canadians that travel there on average in a year.
To see the full list of Travel Advisories issued by the Government of Canada, head to their page here.