While the statement made by the British Health Security Agency (UKHSA) about Turkey, which has been a popular destination for British tourists in recent years, has been on the agenda of the British public opinion, it was announced that approximately 250 salmonella cases seen in the UK since the beginning of 2023 have been linked to Turkey.
Emphasizing that many British citizens returning from Turkey have suffered from gastrointestinal disorders, the statement said that most of these patients returned from their holidays in the Antalya region, while the authorities emphasized that scientists who examined the data and genome sequencing in the samples explained that these cases were linked to each other. UKHS officials announced that 241 cases were detected between mid-January and July 19. 56 percent of those who fell ill were men and the average age of those who fell ill was 29.
In the surveys conducted with the patients, it was also stated that some of them stayed in hotels in Turkey where the all-inclusive program was implemented.
Underlining that they are in contact with the authorities in Turkey, UKHSA stated that British tourists should pay attention to their food and beverage consumption and that food poisoning can have serious consequences:
*Always wash your hands before eating, when you leave the toilet or before preparing food.
*Take care to consume cooked food.
*Eat only fruits that you have peeled yourself.
*Take care to consume pasteurized milk and dairy products.
In recent months, hundreds of British tourists were poisoned at Fethiye Hillside Beach Club Hotel and Rixos Sungate Resort Hotel in Antalya.