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Starfish Cayo Santa Maria, July 2017

Irwin Mitchell’s specialist International Personal Injury lawyers have been contacted by holidaymakers who fell ill following their stay at the Starfish Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba in July 2017. The holidaymakers were treated for gastric illness symptoms on return to the UK.

The holidaymakers told us that the food served inside the buffet restaurant didn't always seem adequately covered. They also said that the hot food was sometimes served at an incorrect temperature and often appeared to be repeated in later meals.

The guests noticed flies and cockroaches around the food serving area and the restaurant appeared generally unclean. They also noticed algae and debris in the swimming pool.

Gastric symptoms can range from mild diarrhoea to abdominal cramps and blood in stools. Having significant experience in assisting those unfortunate enough to contract gastric illness, we know the long term conditions that can be associated with it, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Dr Linzi Thomas, an expert in Gastroenterology, has commented that “Many patients develop IBS for the first time following a bout of food poisoning or gastroenteritis. Of patients who initially suffer with post infective IBS, 50% will have on-going symptoms at one year, however 2 and 3 years later 34.3% and 34.8% respectively will have on-going symptoms showing that the figures plateau, indicating that the prospect of recovery unfortunately becomes less likely.”

If you have also travelled to the Starfish Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba and subsequently fallen ill or sustained an injury, Irwin Mitchell, who specialise in dealing with cases of this nature, would like to hear from you.

For more advice on making a holiday illness claim, contact us on 0800 056 0066 or complete our enquiry form and we will call you back.

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