Travellers’ Diarrhoea on holiday

travellers' diarrhoea on holiday

Travellers’ Diarrhoea on all-inclusive holiday

If you’ve ever suffered from travellers’ diarrhoea while on holiday, you may be wondering what could have caused it.

Travellers’ diarrhoea is severe and sudden onset diarrhoea strongly associated with foreign travel and change of diet, especially undercooked or unhygienic cooking/serving conditions  

If you are heading out for an all-inclusive holiday with your family or friends, read the below information, tips and advice in case you suffer from this common condition. 

If you have recently been on holiday and suffered from travellers’ diarrhoea, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Speak to our solicitors now to find out more. 

What is travellers’ diarrhoea? 

Travellers’ diarrhoea is a very unpleasant digestive tract disorder. It commonly causes loose or watery stools, nausea, fever, vomiting, abdominal pain and cramps. In some cases, the symptoms may be persistent and severe and medical attention may be required. Travellers’ diarrhoea is just another name for food poisoning. Usually acquired when travelling.

When you go on an all-inclusive holiday abroad where the cooking or sanitary practices are different from the ones at home, unfortunately, you are at a higher risk of developing travellers’ diarrhoea.

In most cases, travellers’ diarrhoea is more unpleasant than serious. However, its symptoms may be significant enough to ruin your much-anticipated holiday. 

Causes of travellers’ diarrhoea on holiday

Travellers’ diarrhoea is usually caused by ingesting food or liquid contaminated with bacterial pathogens, usually found in faeces. These could be E.coli and Salmonella or viruses and parasites. 

Unfortunately, food in all-inclusive hotels in common holiday destinations such as Egypt may become infected with various bacteria, viruses, and parasites if hotel staff don’t adhere to high food-handling hygiene standards. Cheap food and food recycling from one meal to the next or food on buffets being left out for long periods of time often cause food poisoning.

If poor food handling hygiene practices and poor sanitation standards are in place, this may result in human waste contaminating the water supply or even your food. 

How long does the illness last?

Travellers’ diarrhoea usually goes away on its own within 1-2 weeks. However, in severe cases, you could be suffering for up to 21 days or longer. 

If your condition is severe, you may also need to see a doctor. 

Sickness and diarrhoea on holiday 

You may be entitled to make a claim for compensation if you contracted travellers’ diarrhoea on a package holiday and only ate food at your hotel or cruise ship before becoming ill. 

If you suffer from travellers’ diarrhoea, do the following:

  1. Make a written report to your tour company, hotel, and your holiday rep. 
  2. Seek medical advice at your holiday resort. 
  3. If possible, collect evidence from other holidaymakers and obtain photographic evidence of poor hygiene. Take photos of anything suspicious. 
  4. Ensure you keep all receipts for any medicines and treatments received to be able to show how much money you spent on your treatment.
  5. See your GP when you return home and get professional advice on further treatment that may be needed and for an assessment of your condition.
  6. Don’t go on any trips or activities once you have contracted the disease.

No win no fee holiday sickness solicitors

Every claim is conducted on a no win no fee basis. Therefore, you will not be left out of pocket if your case is unsuccessful. 

Our team will consider the strength of your case and advise you free of charge. 

Our experienced solicitors could help you claim compensation for any pain and suffering, the lost days of your holiday, loss of enjoyment and any financial losses you may have incurred because of your illness while abroad. 

We are here to help.

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