According to press reports, TV personality Melissa Rycroft has been ill since recently returning home from the Dominican Republic. Apparently, sources told “Page Six” the former “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Bachelor” star has been battling a mysterious bug after vacationing with her family on the island that has been making headlines for sick visitors (some deathly so) in recent weeks.
A source described Rycroft as “really sick.”
Rycroft elaborated via a rep that she “has had major stomach issues since returning from the Dominican Republic.”
“She got an upset stomach on the second day of vacation, but it passed. Once they came home, she got severe cramping,” the rep said. “It has lasted for over a week, and she’s currently getting tested for possible parasites and any other infections. She’s assuming it’s something foodborne, but no one else in her family is ill.”
Police are also investigating whether at least nine tourists who mysteriously died in the Dominican Republic were poisoned by counterfeit booze, according to other media reports.
Officials want to know who supplied the alcoholic beverages the victims drank in the minutes and hours before their deaths over the past year — and if the drinks had any dangerous chemicals in them, law enforcement sources said.
The FBI is assisting and will take blood samples from the dead back to its research center in Quantico, Virginia.