Egypt Shigella Claims

Illness Compensation Advice

Shigella/Shigellosis is an infectious illness which is often contracted by UK holiday makers travelling to Egypt due to food poisoning and poor hygiene standards.

Whilst shigella is unpleasant and normally resolves within a week of infection, its victims often develop diarrhoea which is bloody, together with associated stomach cramps, and fever.

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Shigella in Children

Whilst in Egypt, parents should be especially cautious as children who suffer food poisoning from shigella can often require hospitalisation due to severe temperatures and dehydration - which can cause seizures in children.

Proving a Claim

Determining that shigella is the cause of an Egypt holiday illness depends on laboratory tests that identify the infection in the stool of its victim. Samples will often be requested by a GP and the cultures developed will then determine the cause of gastric symptoms.

So if you didn't visit a hospital and have test carried out whilst in Egypt we advise you to visit your local GP as soon as possible to get a medical check up upon your return to the UK.

Close relatives of those diagnosed with shigella following a holiday to Egypt should also be tested as it is claimed that some travellers infected may have no symptoms at all, but may still be passing the infection on to others.

In order to prove a claim you also need to be able to show that you could not have caught the disease from anywhere else eg did you only eat or swim at your all-inclusive hotel whilst in Egypt?

How to Claim Compensation

If you have been diagnosed with Shigella or Shigellosis following a package holiday in Egypt within the last 3 years you could be entitled to claim compensation.

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How could I have caught it?

Shigella is transmitted amongst holiday makers staying in hotels in Egypt by the faecal-oral route, ie the bacterium is passed from the soiled fingers of one traveller to the mouth of another. This often happens in hotels if basic hygiene practices are not being followed and hand washing habits amongst food handlers is inadequate.

Hotel illness outbreaks in Egyptian hotels are likely to be due to food poisoning caused by a large numbers of holiday makers inadvertently consuming faecal matter.

Food may have been contaminated by an infected food handler or at its source. For example, in Egypt vegetables are often harvested from fields fertilized with sewage or places where infected field workers defecate. Shigellosis can also be transmitted by flies breeding in faeces which then contaminate food indirectly as they move from dish to dish on hotel buffets.

Shigella infection can also be acquired when a holiday maker drinks or swims in contaminated water. Water may become infected if sewage runs into it, or even if a fellow traveller with Shigelloses accidentally has an accident in the pool.

Holiday makers travelling to Egypt are advised to be careful, particularly if there is an issue with flies contaminating food or sewage smells around the swimming pool.

Case Example

Group shigella/salmonella claim following outbreak in Sharm Hotel

In 2011 we successfully represented a large group of holiday makers returning ill from the Tropicana Azure Club in Sharm el Sheikh with shigella and salmonella, claim over £100,000 from their tour operator, Thomson Holidays.

What is Shigella and Shigellosis?

There are 4 species of shigella, namely sonnei, flexneri, boydii and dysenteriae, although shigella sonnei accounts for over two thirds of travellers returning ill from Egypt with Shigellosis.

Ill travellers are usually treated with antibiotics including ciprofloxacin and flouoroquinolone. Holiday makers are advised that antibiotics kill the bacteria present in the gastrointestinal tract and will shorten the course of the illness.

Antibiotics however are ineffective against viruses. Over indulgence, change in temperature or just some of the many excuses that holiday makers are given by tour representatives (and hotel doctors).

Holiday makers who are treated with antibiotics in Egypt are advised to contact Simpson Millar LLP’s Travel Lawyers for advice on making a holiday illness claim on a 'no win no fee' basis. Our experienced Team are available for a free no obligation initial consultation on freephone: 0808 145 1353 or simply fill out our enquiry form.


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