Acting Prime Minister Chester Cooper issued a statement Friday saying police were investigating and the cause of death was unknown, although “there is no suspicion of lewd play.”
Their identities were not initially released.
Health Minister Dr Michael Darville told the Eyewitness News Bahamas on Saturday that some hotel guests went to a clinic on Thursday with nausea and vomiting, received treatment and left. Three were later found dead. The fourth was taken to a hospital in New Providence.
He said environmental health scientists, doctors and others were researching to make sure there was no risk to public health.
“We feel that what we are seeing is an isolated case related to a specific area,” he said, adding that researchers are conducting toxicological tests and blood tests to help determine the cause of the disease.
Cooper complemented Prime Minister Philip E. Davis, who was abroad.
The prime minister’s communications chief, Latrae L. Rahming, wrote on Twitter that the deaths occurred at Sandals Emerald Bay in Exuma.
In a statement to People Magazine, a Sandals spokesman confirmed the deaths and said the company was “actively working to support both the investigation and the families of the guests in every way possible.”
There was no immediate response to an Associated Press inquiry into the hotel company on Saturday.
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