What mysterious disease caused the death of 3 Americans at the Sandals resort in the Bahamas?

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Three Americans, two men and a woman, died at the Sandals Emerald Bay resort on the island of Great Exuma in Bahamaswith a fourth American woman being flown to a Florida hospital in the United States, Bahamian Acting Prime Minister Chester Cooper said in a press release last year. Friday.

“The police are investigating and the cause of death is still unknown. However, I have been told that misconduct is not suspected. I have asked the Minister of Health and Welfare, Dr Michael Darville, to lead a delegation this evening to Exuma of health and welfare, environment and public works officials, “Cooper She said.

After 9:00 am last Friday, local officials were sent to the resort to investigate. They were first directed to a mansion where they discovered an American male lying numb on the ground with no signs of trauma, who was later pronounced dead by the local doctor, according to the Royal Bahamas Police Force. publication.

Paul A. Rolle, police commissioner of the Royal Bahamas Police Force later identified the man as Vincent Paul Chiarella, 64, of Florida during a press conference. this week.

Admission to the Sandals resort during round two of Korn Ferry Tour's The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course on January 13, 2020, in Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Admission to the Sandals resort during round two of Korn Ferry Tour’s The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course on January 13, 2020, in Great Exuma, Bahamas.
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The officers were then directed to the second villa, where they found another unresponsive American male slumped against the bathroom wall and an unresponsive Caucasian female in the bedroom. Both showed signs of seizures, but no trauma and a local doctor later pronounced them dead, according to the publication.

Rolle later identified the couple as Michael Phillips, 68, and Robbie Phillips, 65, of Tennessee.

Vincent Chiarella had traveled to the Bahamas with his wife, Donnis Chiarella, of Birmingham, Ala. to celebrate their wedding anniversary, Austin Chiarella, the couple’s son,he told ABC News.

But on Thursday night, her mother became illso she went to a medical clinic, but was later released and was feeling fine by that time.

“She woke up and my dad was lying on the floor and he couldn’t move,” Austin Chiarella told ABC News.

“His legs and his arms [were] swollen, and couldn’t move, and yelled to let someone in through the door. ”

Donnis Chiarella was flown to the United States and is now in serious condition in a Florida hospital, Rolle said at a press conference.


All four Americans went to see a health care worker complaining of not feeling well the night before the bodies were found, according to a USA Today report.

“They were all treated at different times and ate in different places,” Rolle said.

“We are looking into this and hopefully we will be able to determine if it was food or something else that caused it.”

Robbie and Michael Phillips, two of the victims discovered on Friday May 6 at Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Robbie and Michael Phillips, two of the victims discovered on Friday May 6 at Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, Bahamas.
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They also looked for more guests of the resort doctor cure after complaining of nausea and vomiting last Thursday. They received treatment and later returned to the resort that night, Darville he told Eyewitness News Bahamas.

“We really want to know what caused this without speculation,” Rolle said, adding that samples were taken from the bodies “to determine if contaminants are present.”


He noted that Bahamian authorities are working with a Philadelphia lab to expedite toxicology tests on the victims’ autopsies, which were performed on Monday. Results are expected within a week, according to USA Today.

Chris Coucheron-Aamot, a Sandals resort guest who was staying in the building next to the victims,he wroteon Facebook: “It looks like it may have been an air conditioning failure in the unit, causing a toxic coolant leak. It was hard to sleep last night – every time I turned on the AC, I would wake up up. ”

A general view during Sandals Emerald Bay Celebrity Golf Weekend at Sandals Emerald Bay Resort on April 9, 2010 in Great Exuma Island, Bahamas.
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Sandals Resorts, which operates 16 resorts in the Caribbean, has confirmed the deaths of three guests at the Emerald Bay resort, according to a statements.

“Nothing is more important to Sandals Resorts than the safety of our guests …. A health emergency was initially reported and, following our protocols, we immediately alerted emergency room professionals and relevant local authorities to provide support and investigate. on the situation “.

These deaths come three years after more than 20 tourists died on vacation in Costa Rica after consuming alcohol with toxic levels of methanol and 10 American tourists died in the Dominican Republic, according to the United States Today.

After the death of American tourists, theMinistry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic increased safety regulations and improved food and beverage inspections, according to USA Today.

And in March 2015, a Delaware family staying in a mansion in the Virgin Islands fell ill with debilitating neurological symptoms days after Terminix employees sprayed methyl bromide pesticide, a toxic substance banned for indoor residential use, in the condominium under theirs, according to a 2015 WVEC TV relationship.


“We are closely monitoring local authority investigations into the cause of death. We are ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance. Out of respect for the privacy of families, we have nothing more to add at this time,” the State Department said. United States of America Today.