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Investigation starts as 30 wellness hotel guests hospitalised

DPA/The Local · 6 Jun 2010, 13:21

Published: 06 Jun 2010 13:21 GMT+02:00

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Ambulances were outside the four-star Aqualux hotel in Bad Salzschlirf the whole day on Saturday, picking up guests and ferrying them to local hospitals.

The first guests started feeling ill on Friday night and by Saturday afternoon 30 of the 200 guests in the hotel were in hospital with the vomiting sickness.

The regional health ministry set up a crisis team to deal with the sick, and tests were started to try to determine whether a virus or a bacterial infection was to blame – or whether the guests were victims of food poisoning.

The state prosecutor in Fulda has also begun an investigation on the suspicion of negligent bodily harm having been committed by the hotel.

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The hotel has been sealed off by police to prevent further cases of illness, while most of the remaining guests have gone home.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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15:18 June 6, 2010 by pepsionice
I spent fifteen years in Germany....and know of only three or four food poisoning cases.....all related to Tex-Mex restaurants. For a restaurant to have one big case like this...it's the kiss of death....they won't be able to survive and the head chef will have to be terminated (he might even have to move to Poland to restart his career).
21:15 June 6, 2010 by Jasmine33
I hope the people who got sick at this hotel recover soon and also hope it was nothing done intentional to hurt them. Investigators will probably locate the source soon and be able to tell if something was wrong with the food or if something was added to make people ill, and the perpetrators brought to justice if that is the case.

That's too bad, Pepsionice that you got food poisoning at Tex-Mex restaurants there in Germany. Perhaps they were just isolated cases. I love good Mexican food and think it's neat it's served there too. As a Texan I've eaten it for many years, both in Texas and once in Mexico. Near me there is a town called Muenster with a very strong German atmosphere. Some of their business titles use German words in them and there are some good German restaurants there. I've never seen a Mexican restaurant there though.
11:36 June 7, 2010 by William Thirteen
employees must wash hands after using restroom!
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