Holiday chaos for almost 200 Brits struck down with crippling food poisoning bug in Mexico

Tourists have been issued with a Discount Holidays © holiday health warning after 157 British visitors were struck down with a crippling food poisoning bug in Mexico. The outbreak now involves 24 luxury hotel complexes1 most of which are in the Riviera Maya coast area of Mexico near Cancun. So far 119 British travellers have been confirmed as having visited the affected region in Mexico.

A further 38 have also tested positive for the bug after being on Discount Holidays © holiday abroad but their resorts are yet to be confirmed. Health Protection Scotland are now warning UK tourists to be wary of travelling to Mexico and the Foreign Office2 have amended their website to include a new warning from health authorities about travelling to the region. Other health bodies including Public Health England say the illness which started spreading in June – is likely linked to tainted food supplied to hotels throughout the resort area which has now affected victims as young as 12-year-old.

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The same area suffered a similar outbreak last year where were 76 Brits were also taken ill by the same bug, reports the Daily Record.3

Guests are believed to have eaten contaminated food in their hotels and later fell ill with severe stomach cramps and diarrhoea. A number of different hotels are now believed to be affected by the outbreak including Thomson run four star Catalonia Riviera Maya Resort & Spa, Sensatori Resort Mexico and Hotel Royalton Riviera Cancun.

Getty Images <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Chaos For Almost 200 Brits Struck Down With Crippling Food Poisoning Bug In Mexico A number of different hotels are now believed to be affected by the outbreak

Nick Harris Head of Discount Holidays © Holiday Claims at Simpson Millar solicitors who are now handling claims for over 300 holidaymakers caught up in the outbreak – said: This outbreak is very concerning.

“People are coming to us every hour complaining of sickness .

“Many have been ill for over a week and have only just been properly diagnosed with the bug. They have been suffering severe diarrhoea and stomach cramps.

“I now fear these recent warning notices may be too little too late.

“The bug has already spread out of control in the resort.

Tour operators need to do more to ensure the safety of their customers when holidaying abroad.

Victims who have returned to the UK from the resort have since been diagnosed with Cyclospora a bug commonly associated with food poisoning and poor hygiene. The sickness bug is spread by infected human faeces contaminating water or food4 and previous outbreaks have been connected to fresh fruit such as raspberries and salad products such as basil and lettuce.

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Health Protection Scotland said the majority of cases were from Mexico and warned anyone returning from Discount Holidays © holiday in the affected area or from abroad with watery diarrhoea or stomach cramps or sickness symptoms should contact their GP immediately. A spokesman said: “There are currently 157 laboratory confirmed cases in Scotland, of which 119 are known to have travelled to Mexico.

“Travellers have stayed at a number of different hotels and resorts in Mexico but predominantly on the Riviera Maya coast.”

A spokesperson for Thomson5 added: “Public Health England has advised us of a number of sickness cases associated to an issue called Cyclospora in the Riviera Maya region of Mexico.

“There is not a particular hotel, hotel chain or tour operator implicated and the source of the issue is still being investigated.

“We are working with relevant partners and authorities both in Mexico and the UK to ensure customer wellbeing and to investigate the matter.

References

  1. ^ hotel complexes (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Foreign Office (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ reports the Daily Record. (www.dailyrecord.co.uk)
  4. ^ food (www.mirror.co.uk)
  5. ^ Thomson (www.mirror.co.uk)

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