UK tourists warned over travel to Mexico after dozens of holidaymakers are struck down with food poisoning at luxurious hotels there

  • Outbreak involves a number of hotel complexes in the Riviera Maya resort
  • Guests have fallen ill with severe stomach cramps and diarrhoea
  • Health Protection Scotland has decided to warn UK travellers of outbreak

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A travel warning has been issued to UK holidaymakers heading to Mexico after dozens of tourists were reportedly struck down with food poisoning. The outbreak involves a number of luxury hotel complexes in the Riviera Maya resort, popular with British holidaymakers. Health bosses say the illness is likely linked to food supplied to hotels throughout the resort area. The same resort suffered a similar outbreak last year where UK tourists were taken ill by the same bug.

Guests who have stayed at the Royalton Riviera Cancun have reportedly fallen ill with food poisoning

Guests are believed to have eaten contaminated food in their hotels and later fell ill with severe stomach cramps and diarrhoea. A number of hotels are believed to be affected by the outbreak including the Thomson-run four star Catalonia Riviera Maya Resort and Spa and the hotel Royalton Riviera Cancun. Now Health Protection Scotland has decided to warn UK travellers to Mexico to be wary about the outbreak, which they say started in June this year.

The agency said in statement posted on their website: ‘Cases of infection with the diarrhoea causing parasite cyclospora have continued to be reported by UK holidaymakers returning from Mexico.

‘The majority of cases have stayed in all-inclusive resorts in the Riviera Maya area.

‘Clusters of cases started to be reported during June and July from this popular destination.

‘The source of infection is thought likely to be a foodstuff supplied to hotels. Investigation into this outbreak is ongoing.

‘Awareness of the outbreak should be maintained and travellers to Mexico are strongly advised to maintain a high standard of food, water and personal hygiene.

‘Infection can cause frequent, watery diarrhoea, abdominal cramping, bloating, nausea, flatulence, low-grade fever, loss of appetite and weight. Individuals with underlying immune deficiency can be at risk of more severe infection.

‘On return from Mexico, if you have any symptoms such as those described above you should seek medical attention and tell your GP about your travel history. Stool samples can be sent to diagnose, and antibiotics given to treat, the infection.’

The Thomson-run four-star Catalonia Riviera Maya Resort and Spa is another hotel in the complex where guests claim to have fallen ill

Nick Harris, head of Discount Holidays © holiday claims at Simpson Millar solicitors who are handling claims for holidaymakers caught in the outbreak says the bug has affected many guests at all-inclusive hotels in the resort. He said: ‘The phone has been ringing off the hook with people from across the UK contacting us who are quite rightly concerned about this outbreak. We have been speaking to people who have been in touch after falling ill in the resort and we are giving them appropriate advice.

‘They have been suffering with constant sickness and diarrhoea and many of them have been confined to their rooms.

‘So far we have been contacted by people from several hotels but I understand there to be others that are also affected.

It seems this bug is linked to contaminated food.

‘Health authorities are issuing warnings but with peak season and large crowds this bug has the potential to spread like wildfire. ‘

Holidaymakers visiting the Riviera Maya, just south of the Riviera Cancun, saw their holidays ruined by illness

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. It is spread by infected human faeces contaminating water or food and previous outbreaks have been connected to fresh fruit such as raspberries and salad products such as basil and lettuce. The resort suffered a similar outbreak of cyclospora last year where 79 people were confirmed with the bug when they returned to the UK.

A spokesperson for tour operator Thomson, speaking about the hotels involved in the outbreak, said: ‘We are aware of some reported sickness cases from Riviera Maya in Mexico.

‘We are closely monitoring the situation and we are in direct contact with customers who have been in touch with us since their return.’

MailOnline Travel has contacted both the Catalonia Riviera Maya Resort and Spa and the hotel Royalton Riviera Cancun for comment.

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