Egyptian resort tops global list for worst holiday locations for food poisoning

Popular Red Sea location of Hurghada accounted for 95% of food illness claims in Egypt
Egyptian resort tops global list for worst holiday locations for food poisoning
By Staff writer
Thu 22 Aug 2019 09:33 AM

The popular Egyptian resort of Hurghada has topped a list compiled by a British travel illness claim website of holiday destinations around the world with the highest rates of claims for food poisoning.

According to the data from, the Red Sea resort accounted for 95 percent of all claims it received from British holidaymakers who had been to Egypt and topped the overall global list.

“The levels of holiday illness we see from certain locations is very worrying. For two years we have received a complaint about Hurghada more than once every two days, a huge number for such a small resort,” Richard Conroy from was quoted as saying in a report by the Daily Mail.

“In hot resorts like Hurghada, lukewarm food served at 35C is a prime growing temperature for dangerous bacteria… Many of these cases of poisoning and illness come from all-inclusive resorts where food is left out for long periods before being reheated,” he added.

Following Hurghada in the top ten list of resorts around the world were Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Riviera Maya, Mexico, Antalya, Turkey, Cancun, Mexico, Boa Vista, Cape Verde, Marrakesh, Morocco, Sal, Cape Verde, Majorca, Spain and Benidorm, Spain.

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