British Tourist Dies In Suspected Food Poisoning

A British tourist has died with suspected food poisoning at a hotel in northern Italy.

Geoffrey Appleyard, 71, from Evesham, Worcestershire died in the early hours of Sunday.

His next of kin have been informed and a post mortem is being held.

Mr Appleyard was treated by paramedics in his hotel room after becoming ill, but died shortly afterwards.

It is reported that around 30 others are ill in the possible salmonella outbreak at the four-star Grand Hotel Gardone on Lake Garda.

A Foreign Office spokesman in London said they believe there is "around 30 British nationals involved" and are "unable to confirm the death of a British national".

It is understood that 16 of the tourists are being treated in hospitals around Brescia.

They have been suffering vomiting, diarrhoea and dehydration.

The British Consul in Milan says that the sick are not thought to be in any further danger.

Spokesperson for the Consul, Stephen Anderson said that "it is too early to say if her husband's death is directly linked to the incident".

It is believed that they were part of a group of 300 people staying at the hotel - once a favourite of Sir Winston Churchill.

An inquiry has been launched into the incident. Health officials say they suspect the fish that guests were served are still analysing samples taken from the kitchen, which has been closed pending further investigations.

It is also reported that a post mortem is due to be carried out on another victim, a 75-year-old British tourist who died at the weekend in the same hotel although his death has not been linked to the food poisoning outbreak.

Salmonella causes typhoid fever, paratyphoid fever and foodborne illness.


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