Public Health England Investigating After Children Who Visited Melton Mowbray Attraction Fall Ill with Gastric Illness
Specialist Public Health lawyers at national firm Irwin Mitchell have expressed concern after a number of children fell ill with gastrointestinal symptoms the day after visiting a theme park in Leicestershire.
The Au Guang Dragon Zone Water Park at Twinlakes Family Theme Park in Melton Mowbray has been temporarily closed after some parents reported their children were suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting following a visit on Wednesday, 24 July.
Among those unwell were children on a school trip and others who were visiting with a youth club.
Public Health England (PHE) East Midlands is currently investigating the source of the illness, with Twinlakes confirming the closure of the water park area was a “precautionary measure.”
Expert Opinion“The reports we have heard of so many children falling ill with gastric symptoms after visiting the water park are concerning.
Through our work, we regularly see the effects that people suffering from similar illnesses following holidays and days out can face. The impact that gastric illness can have on people, especially those with suppressed immune systems such as children and the elderly, should never be downplayed.
While the source of the illness has not yet been confirmed, we welcome the sensible decision to close the water park while investigations are carried out.
If the investigation highlights any areas of concern it is vital that lessons are learned to reduce the risk of a similar incident happening in the future.”
Jatinder Paul - Partner