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Holiday sickness hotspots

Holiday sickness is often viewed as an expected part of the jet set experience. The onset of holiday illness has become so widely accepted that UK holiday makers will frequently make light of the situation, referring to Delhi Belly, Montezuma’s Revenge, or the Turkey Trots. But falling ill through the consumption of food and drink provided by your package deal hotel is no joke, and it should not happen. If you believe that your symptoms of holiday illness are linked to poor hygiene in your package deal resort, you could be entitled to holiday illness compensation.

Claims by country

The map shows the location of all holiday sickness claims accepted by Hampson Hughes Solicitors, shown as a percentage of the overall number of accepted claims.

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Types of holiday sickness

In most cases, contracting a bacterial or viral infection will follow contact with food that has not been cooked thoroughly or food that has not been stored hygienically (i.e. food that has been left out in the open). There are many common types of illness associated with foreign travel, commonly referred to as ‘gastroenteritis’, a term which covers stomach cramps, diarrhoea, and vomiting. However, understanding your illness may help us to make an accurate claim for holiday sickness compensation.

Types of holiday sickness include:

Salmonella

Salmonella is a type of bacteria found in uncooked meats

  • Onset: 1-3 days
  • Typical Duration: 7 days
  • Symptoms: abdominal cramps, diarrhoea, vomiting, fever

Cryptosporidium

Cryptosporidium is a parasite found in untreated water

  • Onset: 2 – 10 days
  • Typical duration: 3-4 weeks
  • Symptoms: abdominal cramps, watery diarrhoea, vomiting, fever

Campylobacter

Campylobacter is a type of bacteria found in food, water, and animals

  • Onset: 2- 5 days
  • Typical duration: 10 days
  • Symptoms: abdominal cramps, vomiting, bloody diarrhoea

Shigella

Shigella is a type of bacteria found in food, water, and faeces

  • Onset: 1-4 days
  • Typical duration: 5-7 days
  • Symptoms: abdominal cramps, vomiting, bloody diarrhoea, rectal spasms

Giardia lamblia

Giardia lamblia is a parasite found in soil or food contaminated with animal faeces

  • Onset: 1-2 weeks
  • Typical duration: 2-3 weeks
  • Symptoms: abdominal cramps, bloating, diarrhoea, fatigue

E Coli

E Coli is a type of bacteria found in raw foods and drinks contaminated with animal faeces

  • Onset: 1-4 days
  • Typical duration: 5-10 days
  • Symptoms: watery diarrhoea that becomes bloody, fever, chills, headaches

Holiday sickness claims – expert advice

If you believe that your holiday illness symptoms are linked to poor hygiene standards within your package deal hotel, you may be entitled to holiday illness compensation. There are certain steps that you could take in support of your claim:

  • Note all important dates
  • Report any hygiene issues to your holiday rep
  • Document any suspected poor hygiene (e.g. photo, video)

For further information on holiday sickness compensation, and to discover how much compensation you could be entitled to, call our expert team of travel law solicitors today for instant answers. Whatever your experience with holiday sickness, we may be able to help. We offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com

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