3 US tourists die at Bahamas hotel after falling ill

Bahamian officials say three American tourists died at resort after falling ill

MEXICO CITY — Three American tourists have died at a resort in the Bahamas after falling ill, officials in the Atlantic island nation have confirmed, and another was airlifted to a hospital for treatment.

Acting Prime Minister Chester Cooper released a statement on Friday saying police were investigating and the cause of death was unknown, although foul play “is not suspected”.

Their identities were not initially made public.

“We believe what we are seeing is an isolated case associated with a particular area,” he said, adding that investigators are doing toxicology and blood tests to help determine the cause of the illness.

Cooper replaced Prime Minister Philip E. Davis, who was out of the country.

Prime Minister’s Office Communications Officer Latrae L. Rahming tweeted that the deaths occurred at Sandals Emerald Bay in Exuma.

In a statement to People Magazine, a Sandals representative confirmed the deaths and said the company was “actively working to support both the investigation as well as the families of the guests in any way possible.”

There was no immediate response to an Associated Press inquiry of the hotel company on Saturday.

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