"We had no idea when we were there that all this was going on", Flowers said.
The couple, living in Puerto Rico at the time, went to the doctor when they first returned home but doctors there and later in Atlanta could not determine what was wrong with them. Over the past year, six known people have passed away after visiting resorts and hotels in the Dominican Republic, many of their causes of death still under investigation.
"We feel very fortunate that nobody has died and it wasn't any worse than it has been but there are still a few people, at least one, that has been sick from that time on until now", Flowers said.
The McNelley-Neals told 11Alive they had been staying at the same chain of hotels as other Americans who have died or suffered from illness.
"People need to embrace common sense here and not fear", he said.
It is unclear what caused the Jimmy Buffett fans to fall ill.
The Post sent a reporter to one of the resorts and they said the vodka had a "strange, potent smell resembling pure alcohol".
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InsideEdition.com has reached out to the hotel for comment. "These incidents are tragic and we offer our deepest condolences to those personally impacted".
"The safety and wellness of our guests is now, and has always been, our highest priority".
'Additionally, our team members are trained to inspect all supplies, equipment and products that enter the property'.
News reports 53-year-old Leyla Cox of Staten Island died earlier this week at Punta Cana's Excellence resort.
In May, Miranda Schaup-Werner and a couple, Nathaniel Edward Holmes and Cynthia Ann Day, died over a five-day period at the Bahia Principe resort in La Romana.
At the very least half a dozen folks maintain reported falling sick whereas staying at resorts in the Dominican Republic.
Local police in the Dominican Republic, as well as FBI investigators from America, are now looking into alcohol suppliers and manufacturers that produce spirits for The Hard Rock Hotel and the Grand Bahia Principe resort, both near the Dominican city of Punta Cana.
Holmes and Day were chanced on useless of their room on the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana.
Despite the autopsy that ruled Cox's death a heart attack, William remains skeptical after all the recent deaths on the island.