Thomas Cook, a British-based travel company that operates around the world, said that specialists investigating the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada found that “food and hygiene standards identified a high level” of the potentially fatal bacteria, according to Sky News.
The results of the tests, however, do not reveal what caused the deaths of John, 69, and Susan Cooper, 63, on Aug. 21 while on vacation. The deaths prompted the travel company to evacuate 300 guests from the hotel as a precaution.
“I think when they went back to that room that evening there was something in that room that’s actually killed them – whether they’ve inhaled something that poisoned them, I don’t know,” she told Sky News last month. “I can only have my opinion on what’s gone on, but there’s something that happened in that room that killed my parents.”
The travel company said Wednesday that tests by experts showed normal carbon monoxide levels near the couple’s room and normal levels of chlorine in the swimming pool, but that Egyptian authorities are still investigating the Cooper’s hotel room.
Egyptian authorities dismissed criminal motives as being behind the deaths. An official statement by the Red Sea governorate after the deaths said an initial medical examination of John Cooper showed he had suffered acute circulatory collapse and a sudden cardiac arrest. It said Susan Cooper later fainted and was rushed to a hospital, where resuscitation attempts continued for a half-hour.