Based on the assistance that has been provided to unfortunate holidaymakers that have been unlucky enough to develop food poisoning, Simpson Millar Solicitors LLP is now prepared to share its food poisoning claims data.
Here are the top five holiday illness bugs that Simpson Millar have helped people claim compensation for.
Cryptosporidium - Cryptosporidium is a germ that is often associated illness outbreaks at swimming pools at all-inclusive resorts. There have been outbreaks of cryptosporidium in popular holiday resorts in Turkey, Egypt and Spain. The prevalence of the protozoa is often caused by failures by tour operators or hotel managers to properly treat faecally contaminated water. Unlucky swimmers who ingest the bug may take up to 10 days to start showing symptoms.
Salmonella - This is one of the most common types of food poisoning often associated with poorly cooked poultry and eggs at all-inclusive buffets in places like Turkey, Mexico and Mauritius. By taking simple measures such as cooking and preparing food properly, salmonella illness bug can be easily prevented.
E-coli - It is generally accepted that e-coli 0157 is one of the most common causes of traveller’s diarrhoea. People mistakenly believe that traveller’s diarrhoea is simply something you get while on holiday. In fact the chances of contracting E-coli can be reduced by restaurant operators having a proper HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) system in place – and by holiday makers avoiding contact with animals. If contact is made with animals, hands must be washed in hot soapy water.
Shigella Dysentery - Shigella is a lesser known holiday illness but can have the nasty symptoms associated with salmonella including foul smelling diarrhoea and extremely painful stomach cramps. Simpson Millar recently helped a client claim compensation for Shigella believed to be associated with contaminated fruit from a hotel buffet in Egypt.
Campylobacter - Food poisoning caused by the Campylobacter bacteria is less likely to result in an outbreak of illness although outbreaks do occur. Holiday makers should be wary if they see birds flying around the all-inclusive buffet as they can spread the illness. Birds in restaurants are best perceived as flying rats.
There are many other infections that are responsible for giving people an upset stomach on holiday. In most cases people will not have stool samples taken which means it can be difficult to determine what the infection is. This is why, as a matter of public safety, people returning from holiday with illness should be encouraged to obtain stool samples.
Simpson Millar help hundreds of people claim compensation from tour operators for food poisoning type illnesses on holiday. They can be contacted today on 0808 145 1353.