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Cryptosporidium Swimming Pool Illness at the Holiday Village Red Sea

Another case of the serious parasitic infection cryptosporidium has been confirmed among holidaymakers staying at the Holiday Village Red Sea at Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt.

The Holiday Village Red Sea hit the news in September, after BBC1 consumer programme Watchdog featured a report about guests who became so ill with sickness and diarrhoea while staying at the complex that they were unable to control their bowels.

Watchdog reporters went undercover and were served undercooked chicken and lamb in the dining room – and witnessed the swimming pool being closed for just 20 minutes for disinfecting, after it was soiled with human faeces by holidaymakers who were seriously ill with gastroenteritis.

Cryptosporidium is transmitted in human and animal faeces and the parasite exists in a cyst, meaning it can survive for long periods in water and the body.

Cryptosporidiosis causes severe symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea, as well as fever and stomach cramps.

Simpson Millar’s head of international travel law Nick Harris appeared on the Watchdog programme to advise on holidaymakers’ rights if they fall ill through no fault of their own on a package holiday.

Simpson Millar has handled between 400 to 500 cases of gastric illness at the Holiday Village Red Sea in the last five years – and 140 holidaymakers came forward with claims following the September episode of Watchdog and after reading related press articles online.

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Holiday Village Red Sea is owned by Cairo-based holiday company Wings and is used by First Choice.

First Choice assured Watchdog that improved hygiene monitoring at the Holiday Village Red Sea had been introduced after the widespread outbreak of salmonella and cryptosporidium in July this year.

In 2011, Simpson Millar won £17,500 in holiday compensation for a family of three, who were diagnosed with salmonella after staying at the Holiday Village Turkey.

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Dated: 18/10/2012

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