- Associated Press - Thursday, January 27, 2011

SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (AP) - Health officials say contaminated lobster has given cholera to dozens of guests who attended a lavish wedding in the Dominican Republic.

Most of the nearly 500 guests flew in from Venezuela, and that country’s health minister says Thursday that 37 of them have tested positive for cholera.

Eugenia Sader says four guests from Madrid, Mexico and Boston also have the disease.

The ill also include Dominican businessman Fernando Hazoury, whose family owns Cap Cana resort.

Dominican Health minister Bautista Rojas says lobsters for Saturday’s wedding at an exclusive community were bought in Pedernales. That town borders Haiti, where more than 3,000 people have died from a cholera epidemic.