E.Coli at Egypt hotel behind British tourists' deaths, chief prosecutor says

John and Susan Cooper who both died while on holiday in Egypt

John and Susan Cooper who both died while on holiday in Egypt

Forensic tests showed that John Cooper, 69, suffered acute intestinal dysentery caused by E.coli, and Susan Cooper, 64, suffered Hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS), most likely because of E.coli, Sadek said.

The statement by prosecutor Nabil Sadek came a week after travel company Thomas Cook said that there was a "high level of E.coli and staphylococcus bacteria" at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel where John and Susan Cooper died August 21 after falling ill in their room in the five-star hotel.

Mrs Cooper was taken to hospital, where she later died.

"Exactly what have they tested for?" said Ormerod, who added that she has no faith in Egypt's authorities, according to the Guardian.

Thomas Cook evacuated 300 guests from the hotel as a precaution after the deaths. The Prosecutor-General said that while there was an odd smell in the room, this was from non-toxic insecticides used in an adjacent room.

Local Egyptian officials initially said the Coopers both died of heart attacks, but the public prosecutor ordered an investigation.

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She added: "The Egyptians are looking for someone to blame and I don't believe for one minute that caused their deaths. It is unheard of that someone dies of E coli in such a short space of time".

Travel firm Thomas Cook said it noted the statement from the prosecutor and said it would continue to support the Coopers' daughter and the rest of their family.

The Coopers' daughter, Kelly Ormerod, who was on holiday with her parents, said that there had been a odd smell in their room and believes that their deaths are suspicious. "Mom had no idea what was going on - she was oblivious to what was actually happening because she was so poorly".

"Thomas Cook put a report out that there were high levels of E coli at the hotel". It has also rolled out a programme of "specialist hygiene assessments" to all its hotels that experience a higher-than-average reported level of sickness.

"We have not yet seen the full report and we will need time for our own experts to review it", a spokesman said.

"As soon as we get the results of the official autopsy we will reply on all questions concerning the tragic death".

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