Gran Bahia Principe Illness – Outbreak in La Romana


Simpson Millar Solicitors are reading reports from holiday makers’ returning from the Gran Bahia Principe in the Dominican Republic who have been struck down by a mysterious gastric illness. Initial reports suggest that a substantial number of British travellers’ have fallen fowl of a debilitating illness bug.

Gran Bahia Principle Holiday Illness – Dominican Republic

A number of the hotel’s former guests have written reviews on holiday sites advising prospective guests of unhygienic practices – standards appear to have fallen in February/March 2011. Reports suggest that birds are able to land and faecally contaminate food as it is left uncovered in the buffet restaurant. 50% of birds carry the bacteria campylobacter which is known to cause gastric illness!

The illness symptoms experienced by holiday makers at the Gran Bahia Principe are said to include profuse and irrepressible diarrhoea – nausea - chronic stomach cramps - headaches – fever and nausea.

Simon Lomax, Holiday Illness Claims Manager says:

"Reports on travel websites suggest that sickness is running rampant at the Gran Bahia Principe. One holiday maker has said that 75% of the hotel had been struck down with the illness bug.”

"Guests returning from the hotel state that many hotel guests were confined to their rooms due to the sickness bug.”

"Internet reports suggest food hygiene standards at this Gran Bahia Principe in La Romana were not as they should have been and this caused a spate of sickness amongst its guests. Food poisoning is transmitted by food or drinking water which has been contaminated by faecal matter, either directly or by flies or other insects."

"Tour operator’s representatives should be advising sick holiday makers to seek immediate medical advice from a qualified medical practitioner."

"We are advising our clients that food poisoning is not caused by climate change – over indulgence - heat or an airborne virus, and any advice given to the contrary would be extremely naive. If left untreated food poisoning can cause serious long term health problems to its victims!"

"We will be seeking substantial compensation for those travellers who suffer illness due to unsanitary hygiene conditions and/or food poisoning at the Gran Bahia Principe – British tour companies should not be subjecting holiday makers to poor hygiene and sanitation whilst on regulated package holidays abroad."

The Gran Bahia Principe is a large and popular all-inclusive resort advertised by First Choice in its holiday brochures. The Hotel is officially rated as 5 star with a large outdoor swimming pool and 400 rooms.

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