A holidaymaker has been confirmed as suffering from E coli poisoning after staying at the Sentido Perissia Hotel in Side, Turkey, where hundreds of other British holidaymakers fell ill during August.
Many guests at the hotel were confined to their rooms after a mass outbreak of sickness and symptoms of diarrhoea and stomach cramps.
One affected holidaymaker who was on holiday with his wife and two children, had tests after returning to Britain which revealed he had contracted the E coli bacterium. In extreme cases, the infection can kill.
The family paid £4,000 for their one-week stay at the luxury resort on the Turkish coast â but the mans wife and one of his children struck down by severe diarrhoea, stomach cramps and vomiting.
The man still has significant symptoms nearly two weeks after returning home and he is yet to go back to work.
Thomas Cook said the recent outbreak of illnessÂ at the hotel and the food and hygiene standards are not to blame.
They say that their own tests on 144 victims have shown the symptoms were caused by a virus and not a food borne pathogen like E coli.
They also pointed out that none of the Dutch guests staying at the resort have been infected with the implication that the virus has simply been spread amongst the Brits who spent a lot of time around each other.
The holiday company has suspended holidays at the resort.
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Thomas Cook has flown out hygiene experts to investigate and guests with bookings to the Sentido Perissia are being sent to different resorts.
Alastair Brass, Thomas Cook director of service and quality, said: “We know how important holidays are to people and how upsetting it can be when youre ill overseas.
Sentido has put extra measures in place to minimise the spread, whilst we moved new arrivals to alternative hotels and immediately sent a UK hygiene expert to carry out comprehensive tests.”
Anne Thomson, Head of Travel LawÂ at YourHolidayClaims said: âThis hotel made headline news last week after hundreds of people suffered severe illness, many of whom had to be hospitalised. The fact that E.coli has been confirmed would suggest the mass outbreak of illness was not viral, as Thomas Cook is suggesting, but bacterial.
âThis is an awful situation and one that was preventable. Â The holiday illness solicitors at YourHolidayClaims, Farnworth Rose, Â are here to help those who have been affected to recover the compensation they deserve and to also help people to receive compensation for the financial losses and expenses they have incurred tooâ
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