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
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.
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
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.
Call us 0808 145 1353 or complete our no-obligation online enquiry form
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
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
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,
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.