Foreign Office issues new Turkey warning after botulism outbreak among medical tourists

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By Linsey McNeill
20/04/2023
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The Foreign Office is warning of an outbreak of botulism cases linked to weight-loss treatments carried out in Istanbul and the Turkish resort of Izmir in February.

It said Brits considering travelling for any medical treatment in Turkey should do their own research and discuss their plans ‘carefully’ with their UK doctor, dentist or health specialist.

It added: “It is unwise to rely upon private companies that have a financial interest in arranging your medical treatment abroad.”

In an update to its travel advice today, the Foreign office said: “We are aware of 24 British nationals who have died in Turkey since January 2019 following medical tourism visits.

“There are reports of an outbreak of botulism cases linked to weight loss treatments performed in Istanbul and Izmir in February 2023.

“You can find further information on botulism in Turkey from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).

“If you are travelling to Turkey to undertake a medical procedure we would advise you to refer to the HealthTurkiye portal website for medical providers who are approved by the Ministry of Health.”

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