CaribWorldNews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thurs. Dec. 23, 2010: An Argentinean man has passed away in Jamaica after a suspected case of food poisoning. His name was not released as of press time.
Thirteen others have remained hospitalized. Jamaica`s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has expressed regret at the passing of the tourist who died in St. Ann last night. 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 eating 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.
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.