“Tummy troubles” reported at Sharm’s Reef Oasis Blue Bay Resort
Guests at the Reef Oasis Blue Bay Resort in Sharm
have alerted other guests to outbreaks of stomach illness
in their posts on Tripadvisor.
In a post dated 4 July one holidaymaker reveals their holiday was marred by symptoms of holiday gastroenteritis at the Reef Oasis Blue Bay Resort
The Reef Oasis Blue Bay Resort is a 4.5-star hotel which is especially popular with couples, as well as families.
Another family posting on 2 July also mentioned that holidaymakers staying there had to be “careful of tummy upsets”
– and many guests obtained medication from the resort’s clinic.
While over-the-counter medications like loperamide can be helpful in treating mild cases of diarrhoea, holidaymakers should be aware that in Egypt, antibiotics which are banned in the UK may be prescribed
by clinic doctors.
Most cases of holiday food poisoning
are caused by preventable infections like Salmonella and E.coli, which are usually passed via contaminated food or water
as a result of lapses in food preparation and hygiene.
Under the Package Travel Regulations 1992, tour operators selling package holidays have a legal duty to make sure food standards are maintained
at hotel so guests do not become ill.
Many of the reviews on Tripadvisor praise the hotel – and some reviewers are returning customers
travelling on package holidays booked via Thomson and other tour operators.
Some families who suffered from stomach upsets at the Reef Oasis Blue Bay Resort also attributed this to the heat. However, heat alone cannot result in a stomach upset, although bacterial infections may be mild or spread more easily in certain conditions
and therefore it might seem as though the weather is the cause.
Nick Harris, Head of International Travel Law at Simpson Millar states "Some tour operators actually advise guests who become ill that their symptoms are caused by the heat or change in the weather – but any holidaymakers who fall ill at the Reef Oasis Blue Bay Resort with symptoms such as sickness or diarrhoea should see their GP for a diagnosis
when they return home to the UK. They should also seek a reputable Travel Lawyer
to help them with any compensation that may be owed to them."