Compensation Claims for those subjected to Shigella or Dysentery on Holiday
Shigella can cause serious holiday illness and so many holiday makers resort
to making holiday illness claims against their tour operator.
The Facts - Shigella Sonnei is a form of Bacterial Dysentery
experienced by unwary holiday makers exposed to contaminated food or water and
unsanitary conditions abroad.
The illness spreads rapidly from person-to-person within confined
holiday hotels either directly or via taps, door handles and toilet flush handles
in bathrooms which have been contaminated with infected faeces.
It is often experienced by holiday makers returning from sub tropical holiday destinations
such as the Dominican Republic – Mexico – Egypt - Cuba and the
Cape Verde Islands.
How to Claim Holiday Illness Compensation
Our advice is to contact a specialist holiday illness solicitor rather than deal
directly with your holiday tour operator. Aside from the delay and frustration
this will cause, your tour operator’s in-house lawyers will attempt to settle your
holiday claim with vouchers or ex-gratia payments at a fraction of its true value.
If you suffered from dysentery do not allow your tour operator to take advantage
of your lack of legal skills and knowledge. If the tour operator or hotel is at
fault, we can help you claim the compensation you deserve via a 'no win no fee no
Get in touch with our Holiday Claims Experts who are experienced in deal with compensation
claims involving Shigella and other forms of Dysentery if you or a member of your
family has been ill at your hotel:
Call now on 0808 145 1353 or complete our no-obligation
online enquiry form
If you demand Compensation for a Ruined Holiday your Tour Operator will claim:
"Whilst it is typically assumed that this is due to the consumption of contaminated
food and water, or lack of hygiene, there are many causes that should be taken into
account. In actual fact, much illness that is initially thought to be food poisoning
can often be due to the sudden and vast change in lifestyle, climate and diet. Illness
can be acquired on holiday just as it can at home, and by people living in such
close proximity to one another can allow the illness to spread quite rapidly. In
the vast majority of cases, it is difficult to state exactly the origin of any such
Latest News 2011
An episode of Shigella Sonnei contracted whilst in Egypt has caused Miss F to claim
holiday compensation for her illness from her tour operator.
Miss F, along with her partner, stayed at the Mirabel Park Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh,
Egypt, during which she endured profuse diarrhoea, stomach cramps, fever, rigors
The dysentery was diagnosed upon her return to the UK but Miss F has gone on to
suffer a post-infective irritable bowel due to suboptimal hygiene in food handling
at the Hotel.
Thomson Holidays have admitted liability for her illness and have agreed to compensate
Bacterial Food Poisoning Information:
The disease: Is transmitted through un-chlorinated water or food
such as meat left in the open which is contaminated by faecal matter, either directly
or by flies.
Dysentery in young children staying at all-inclusive hotels is very serious - the
chief danger is dehydration through persistent diarrhoea.
Symptoms include: Profuse holiday diarrhoea containing blood or
mucus, abdominal pain, fever, nausea, and vomiting.
Usual incubation period for Cryptosporidium: 12 - 24 hours, sometimes
Duration of illness: Symptoms are usually self limiting lasting
1 - 14 days.
Prevention: Avoid hotel food prepared and washed with local tap
water. Drink bottled water or tinned beverages, and eat fruit that can be peeled.
Hoteliers should prevent potentially infectious food handlers from working and swimming
pools should be shut and cleaned in the event of a faecal accident.
Holiday makers should ensure that hands are washed regularly particularly after
visiting the bathroom and before meals.
Shigella Sonnei and Dysentery Illness – Hotel Watch
Dysentery at your hotel?
We monitor the following hotels for cases of dysentery, particularly
those caused by the bacteria shigella sonnei. The prevalence of
holiday illness claims originating from the destinations listed below is much higher
than those from other holiday resorts visited by British holiday makers.
Dysentery Illness Compensation Enquiry
If you have suffered an illness abroad contact us today by completing the
online enquiry form or calling Freephone: 0808 145 1353
for free advice.
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