Although the The Dominican Republic is a popular destination for “medical tourism,” in early 2014, the CDC issued an alert warning people to be cautious after at least 19 U.S. women developed severe infections following plastic surgery in the Caribbean country.
Now, the Dominican government has shut down a plastic surgery clinic in Santo Domingo on Sunday after a U.S. woman who traveled there for liposuction died, Fox News Latino reports.
Prosecutors in Santo Domingo said the woman traveled there on April 23, but they did not disclose where she was from in the U.S. The clinic she went to is owned by Dr. Edgar Contreras, whom has been the subject of at least three other probes by the Dominican government.
She is the fourth woman and second U.S. citizen, who has died so far this year at Dominican plastic surgery clinics. She follows 35-year-old woman from Hawaii who died after a liposuction procedure, and a 24-year-old woman who died from an embolism in February after undergoing surgery to have implants removed from her buttocks.