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Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Edmund Bartlett is expressing regret at the passing of an Argentinean tourist who died in St. Ann last night in the aftermath of a suspected case of food poisoning, which also left several other visitors and Jamaicans hospitalized. The deceased was a member of a group which was vacationing at a villa in St. Mary.
Preliminary investigations indicate that members of the group had purchased fish at a supermarket in the parish only hours earlier, but later fell ill after partaking in a meal of fish and potato salad they had prepared. Members of the group were rushed to the St. Ann’s Bay Hospital where a male tourist was pronounced dead on arrival while ten other persons, including Jamaicans were admitted in critical condition.
In lamenting the unexpected passing of the visitor, Minister Bartlett expressed that “on behalf of the Jamaican Government, the people of Jamaica, the Ministry of Tourism, the Jamaica Tourist Board and its other agencies, as well as the entire tourism fraternity, I would like to express sincere regret at the unfortunate passing of one of our guests, who has died under such circumstances. I would also like to extend condolences to the relatives and loved ones of the decease.”
The Minister is also wishing the other members of the group, who also fell ill, a speedy recovery. Reports from the Ministry of Health indicate that the persons admitted are now all in stable condition, and are responding well to treatment. Minister Bartlett was quick to note that the Ministries of Tourism and Health will continue to render the critical assistance needed to the group, in order to ensure that they return to good health. He outlined that “the Ministry of Tourism is implementing measures to provide support for the relatives of the deceased and members of the group as they seek to recover from this regrettable ordeal.”
The Ministry of Tourism is working along with the Ministry of Health and other state agencies to facilitate the medical care of the members of the group and to investigate the cause of the incident. Mr. Bartlett emphasized that the Ministry of Health is presently probing the matter to ensure that other visitors and Jamaicans alike, do not suffer a similar fate.