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Urgent warning as hundreds of tourists fall ill with food poisoning in Turkey – World News

Hundreds of cases of gastrointestinal illness in Britain this year have been linked to travel in Turkey, the UK Health Security Agency said in a new report

Liam Garnett on a drip after he became unwell on holiday(Irwin Mitchell / SWNS)

The British government has issued an urgent warning to tourists travelling to Turkey after a usually high number of people have fallen ill with salmonella.

Hundreds of cases of gastrointestinal illness in Britain this year have been linked to travel in the country, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said. Between 15 January and 19 July, there have been 241 confirmed cases of Salmonella, with the majority of them from April onwards following travel to the Antalya region.

Of the 93 cases for which detailed and confirmed travel information is available, the infected persons were staying in different hotels in Turkey and most cases report eating a wide variety of different foods within their hotel resort as part of an all-inclusive holiday package.

Liam Garnett’s son ill on holiday(Irwin Mitchell / SWNS)
Liam Garnett, 37, who was struck with food poisoning after a stay at the Rixos Sungate resort(Irwin Mitchell / SWNS)

“While salmonella infections usually resolve with self-care at home, they can be more serious in young children, the elderly and immunocompromised individuals,” the health body warned. It also warned travellers to only eat fruit they had peeled themselves.

In April, the Mirror reported that around 25 tourists have been struck down by a food poisoning outbreak at a five-star resort in Turkey. At least one of the British holidaymakers – on all-inclusive deals with holiday firm TUI – has been hospitalised. Families forked out up to £4,000 for breaks at the Rixos Sungate Hotel in the Mediterranean, which has 13 bars and restaurants including a so-called world food buffet and sushi diner.

Liam Garnett, 37, was placed on a drip after being hit with suspected gastroenteritis while on holiday with his partner Gabrielle, 30, and two kids over Easter. He is now among dozens of holidaymakers taking legal action against holiday firm TUI for the nightmare holiday at the Rixos Sungate hotel.

He said: “It was horrible being ill, then seeing my children also suffering from sickness. The holiday was just a disaster and we want to know what went wrong. There were others at the same hotel who were also ill and I know they are considering legal action too as you don’t book a five-star holiday expecting to spend most of it in bed with illness.”

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