US Warns Travelers Of Possibly Tainted Alcoholic Drinks In Mexico

Abbey who was found floating face-down in the pool had her life support removed after being declared brain-dead. Austin suffered a severe concussion after hitting his head but survived

It comes after Abbey Conner, from Pewaukee, Wisconsin, died when she blacked out in a hotel pool after taking a shot of what her family say was tainted alcohol.

The new State Department travel alert cautions people to drink in moderation, but many told the Journal Sentinel they had only a drink or two before losing consciousness and waking up hours later _ with no recollection of how they got back to their rooms or to the hospital, or how they were injured.

Mexico is the top worldwide destination for US travelers. It's one of the 10 Iberostar Hotel & Resort locations in Mexico.

Connor, 20, was pulled from a pool at an Iberostar resort near Playa del Carmen in January, according to the paper.

By dinnertime, 20-year-old Abbey and her 22-year-old brother Austin had reportedly been found unconscious in the pool after drinking at the bar. She died at a Florida hospital. Since the initial report, the newspaper has been contacted by dozens of other people who have detailed similar claims.

Doctors and resort managers said they had simply had too much to drink.




More than 1.4 million gallons of tainted alcohol has been seized in Mexico since 2010.

Mexico's tourism secretary Marisol Venegas reiterated that the country follows stringent quality measures at its hotels, according to CNN, adding that it's yet to receive a complaint or criminal case involving tainted or substandard alcohol.

Iberostar said it is cooperating with authorities over the possibly tainted or substandard serving of alcohol.

If this happens while you're on vacation, the department recommends immediately seeking medical attention and contacting the closest USA embassy.

"We reiterate that we are deeply saddened by this incident and that we take this matter very seriously _ our heart is with the family and has been from the moment the incident occurred several months ago".

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