Waterworld in Sharm el Sheikh in the Spotlight for Illness Again


In Sharm el Sheikh, the spotlight has been put on Coral Sea Waterworld again. First Choice now seem to have suggested that sunstroke is to blame for all of the problems at the resort, rather than a holiday illness such as Shigella. The Mirror has reported on how bedbound guests have received letters from the tour operator, seemingly blaming the victim, and Mother Nature while they're at it.

Specimen Jar from Hotel Swimming Pool depicting Holiday Illness at Coral Sea Waterworld in Egypt

Well Timed Letters

The UK Newspaper has revealed that one victim received a letter titled, "Sunstroke and How To Stay Healthy" 2 days before she was due to leave. She had spent most of her holiday in bed ill after what was suspected to be an outbreak of Shigella.

First Choice defended the issuing of the letter, stating:

"All guests at the hotel get a letter addressing the risks of heat-related illnesses in welcome packs. It is given throughout the season and is not as a result of any reported cases of sickness."

What's unusual about the explanation by First Choice is that the woman only received this letter at the end of her holiday, when she would be heading back to the UK. It could be speculated that something had prompted the release of the letters, such as vast amounts of people falling ill.

Is It Just Heatstroke?

The Mirror referred to the belief that guests had fell ill because of Shigella. Shigellosis, also known as dysentery, is caused by Shigella bacteria. The bug is quite common in places where people are in close contact with one another, which includes crowded holiday resorts. The symptoms often include:

  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Stomach cramps
  • Watery diarrhoea
  • Nausea and vomiting

Whereas the symptoms of sunstroke are:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Confusion and tiredness
  • Rapid heartbeat, breathing or sweating
  • High temperature
  • Infrequent urination
  • Muscle cramps (which have a different basis to stomach cramps)

The only real similarity is nausea and vomiting whilst a listed symptom of heatstroke isn't diarrhoea.

If you've been to the Coral Sea Waterworld, or fell ill and received a letter like this, it's worth considering a second opinion from a lawyer. While information on heatstroke can be helpful, it also has the aim of reducing the amount they have to pay in compensation to holidaymakers made ill through the practices of the hotel.

We're currently handling 250 claims of holiday illness from the Coral Sea Waterworld in Sharm el Sheikh alone.

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