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E-coli was 'a factor' in deaths of Burnley couple

John and Susan Cooper

4:16pm 12th September 2018
(Updated 5:34am 13th September 2018)

E.coli was "a factor" in the deaths of a Burnley couple on holiday in Egypt, the country's public prosecutor has said.

John and Susan Cooper were on a Thomas Cook holiday when they fell ill at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel in Hurghada.

Last week, Thomas Cook said a high level of E.coli and staphylococcus bacteria had been found there.

The travel company commissioned specialists to examine the hotel, with tests showing normal carbon monoxide levels near the couple's room and normal levels of chlorine in the swimming pool.

However, Thomas Cook said "tests on the food and hygiene standards identified a high level of E.coli and staphylococcus bacteria".

The firm's experts say their tests still shed no light on why the couple died.

Mr Cooper, 69, died in the room while Thomas Cook employee Mrs Cooper, 63, died after being taken to hospital, according to their daughter.

A statement released by Thomas Cook says 

“Thomas Cook notes the announcement today by the Egyptian prosecutor on the results of the autopsies of John and Susan Cooper following their deaths at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic in Hurghada on 21 August 2018.  We have not yet seen the full report and we will need time for our own experts to review it.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of John and Susan Cooper. We will continue to offer every support to their daughter Kelly and the rest of their family.”

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