Rutgers Medical Expert Available to Discuss Tourist Deaths in Dominican Republic, Fiji

Reynold Panettieri, a toxicologist and lung specialist and director of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Science at Rutgers University, is available to speak on environmental exposures that could have contributed to the deaths of three tourists who died from respiratory failure, fluid in the lungs, enlarged hearts and hemorrhaging at a resort in the Dominican Republic. A fourth tourist death in the Dominican Republic and two other deaths in Fiji have been announced, but the causes of death have not yet been released.

Panetteri, previously the Deputy Director of the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology at the University of Pennsylvania, has served as a national expert on similar cases, including the 2018 deaths of British tourists in Egypt of possible chemical exposure in their hotel and the 2015 pesticide poising of a Delaware family in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Panetteri is available by contacting Mila Dunbar at or 732-235-5207.

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