Hi-Tide Illness Outbreak: Lawyers React As Norovirus Identified As Cause

More Than 50 People Reported To Be Affected


Specialist lawyers acting for those affected by illness outbreaks in the UK and abroad have revealed their concern regarding the problems linked to the Hi-Tide bar in Porthcawl, after authorities confirmed that those affected had suffered norovirus.

Public Health Wales have stated that 56 people were affected by illness symptoms including diarrhoea and vomiting after attending functions at the bar on November 2nd.

However, they have now declared that the outbreak is over and added that the owners have continued to work with Bridgend County Borough Council to prevent further cases.

Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Public Health lawyers represent those affected by serious outbreaks and notably act for more than 300 people who fell ill following visits to the Exeter Arms in Middlemoor earlier this year.

Expert Opinion
“It is welcome to see that this outbreak has been declared over, but it remains vital that all of those affected continue to receive support regarding the illness.

“The fact that more than 50 people have been affected is, of course, a major concern and it is clear that, where possible, it is important that lessons are learned to ensure the risk of similar problems in the future is minimised.

“The seriousness of illness outbreaks of this nature cannot be underestimated, as we have seen numerous cases in which such problems have disrupted people’s working lives and also led some to develop long-term health problems from which they never fully recover.

“Safety must always be the priority and it is vital that work continues to reduce the potential for further issues like this in the future.”
Jatinder Paul, Associate