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Tests Prove E.coli Poisoning Killed Two British Tourists In Egypt

Tests Prove E.coli Poisoning Killed Two British Tourists In Egypt

Tests Prove E.coli Poisoning Killed Two British Tourists In Egypt
The post-mortem of a British couple found dead at their Egyptian holiday resort in late March has been released.

John Cooper and his wife Susan died shortly after becoming ill during a Thomas Cook holiday at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada.

In the official statement released this week, the Egyptian general prosecutor said post-mortem examinations proved E. coli bacteria was the cause of both deaths.

The couple's daughter Kelly Ormerod was on holiday with them at the time has described the findings as "absolute rubbish". She does not believe their symptoms were consistent with E. coli infection.

Initially, reports said their deaths were not caused by bacteria.

Ormerod strongly believes something in the room killed her parents. 

At the time there was no evidence of criminal involvement and tests on both the air and water at the hotel found nothing out of the ordinary. 

However, Kelly claims there was a strong smell in the room when she discovered her parents and fears there may have been something in the ventilation system.

This week it was revealed the room next door had been fumigated with farm-strength insecticide just hours previous to their death. 

According to The Times, Namaa Agricultural and Engineering Services sprayed an adjacent room with lambda-cyhalothrin 5 per cent the day before the couple died. 

It had been feared the fumes may have leaked into the room but the Egyptian authorities have rubbished all claims.

Egypt’s tourism minister, Rania al-Mashat, said: "The causes of death, E.coli bacteria, were medically determined by a team of internationally accredited pathologists, which I hope for the family’s sake will put an end to previous speculative suggestions of what might have happened."

"We will review the attorney general’s autopsy reports in fine detail to determine our next course of action to look after the welfare of our visitors."

A spokesperson for the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel said: "We are deeply saddened by the tragic deaths. All of our thoughts are with the family. In addition to our full support of the authorities, the tour operator and the franchise partner, we are highly engaged in running our own investigations."

Following the autopsy reports Kelly said she had "no faith" in the report and will wait for the results of tests done by the UK Home Office before she comes to any conclusions about how her parents died.

Written by Kellie Kearney staff writer at FFHQ who also blogs at