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Egypt tourists take action over bug

18 September 2012 08:51

The tourists were holidaying in Sharm-El-Sheikh

The tourists were holidaying in Sharm-El-Sheikh

A total of 70 British tourists have decided to take legal action after suffering from severe gastric problems on their Egypt holiday, in a case which highlights the importance of taking out medical travel insurance. The holidaymakers all stayed at the four-star Tropicana Sea Beach Resort in Sharm-El-Sheikh in July and August and were affected by symptoms ranging from diarrhoea to sickness and stomach cramps.

The travellers, who have now called in lawyers, allege the food at the hotel restaurant was regularly undercooked, left uncovered and then re-heated for later meals. They also allege the buffet, where raw and cooked meats were mixed, was infested by birds and flies.

One of the affected families, Karen and Martin Smith and their three children from South Wales, said they had booked an all-inclusive fortnight at the hotel in July and were all hit by the same gastric problems. Mrs Smith said: "The symptoms were horrific and our holiday was completely ruined."