Food poisoning at modern hotel in St. Petersburg, Russia

A total of 46 guests at the Hotel Polustrovo were treated for food poisoning (diarrhoea). Of these, 8 were taken to the hospital. While the exact cause has not yet been identified, consumption of salad is suspected to be the source of these infections.

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Advice For Travellers

While outbreaks of food poisoning and travellers' diarrhoea are common, Sitata is reporting this incident at a modern hotel to remind travellers that travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to the many germs found in contaminated food and water that cause intestinal illness (such as cholera, E.coli, salmonella, and many viruses) by following food and water recommendations. Avoid food and beverages sold by street vendors. Practise careful personal hygiene with frequent hand washing.