World Cup Favourites: Who's On Our Holiday Illness list?


The odds have been drawn and the bets are rolling in. The World Cup 2014 is in full swing with the favourites all vying for the top spot. Spain, Holland, Brazil, Italy, Germany and Greece were all hot tips to win the biggest football tournament in the world. But, hygiene and health and safety provisions in these countries may leave you with another reason to dislike them if your World Cup bets have been unsuccessful.

Rio De Janeiro Brazil

Brazil: Not Just Catching Sunshine

The host nation Brazil has been pounced on by football and non- football fans alike this year looking to get the authentic South American experience. Brazil is vibrant, fun and full of flavour, but there is a darker side to this colourful nation. Brazil is known for their love of meat, especially beef that is grilled. Making sure meat is cooked all the way through and not pink in the middle is the best way to avoid bugs such as E.Coli and Salmonella.

Large amounts of fruit are also eaten in Brazil with a range of tropical fruits such as mangoes, guavas and passion fruits being regulars on the menu. All of these can be found in the UK, but food always tastes better when it's fresh from the source. One thing all travellers should be careful of is how their fruit is washed. Water sanitation is not always on par with what you may be used to in the UK. Water that is unclean can cause serious problems, even if you've only washed your fruit in it. Where possible, used bottled water for drinking and washing fruit to avoid any nasty stomach bugs.

Struck Down in Spain

Spain. The sea, the sand, the sun and all for an affordable price, but one thing you can't afford is food poisoning while you're on holiday. They may be out of the World Cup but they're still on our list. We recently had reports on a number of Spanish hotels, with one in particular, leaving their guests with vomiting and diarrhoea. Many culprits could be at work with these 2 particular symptoms but the most common is food poisoning.

Spain is well known for its seafood but they score an own goal when it comes to food that is left out to go bad. Repeatedly we get new and existing hotels who give us fresh concern for the holidaymakers at their resorts. One hotel in particular has been blaming the illnesses in their hotel on the norovirus, commonly known as the winter vomiting bug. If you have had similar excuses from your hotel or you were struck down by an illness on a holiday in Spain, contact us for less biased advice.

Man Dies in Italy from Food Poisoning

Italy have been given 'the boot' from the beautiful game but they're still well-known for culinary treats. Pasta, fish, seafood and wine are all on the menu for hungry holiday goers. Knowing this, if you decide to overindulge and eat contaminated food, it may be Italy knocking you into touch with dreadful food poisoning.

Back in 2008, a man died in a luxury hotel in Italy. 20 others became ill after health inspectors believed that Salmonella caused by fish served in the hotel restaurant was the source of the illness. Food isn't the only thing you need to be aware of in Italy. Coach crashes and road accidents are a well-known hazard, with motorcyclists weaving in and out of traffic and "kamikaze" driving being the norm.

Salad is Not Always the Healthy Option

Greece may not have been the favourites to win but their food is still first place when it comes to contamination. Tender grilled lamb, fresh Greek salads and lots of feta can be a breeding ground for Cryptosporidium. Unwashed fruits and vegetables can be tainted with harmful bugs that cause diarrhoea, stomach cramps and dehydration – similar symptoms of gastroenteritis.

There are plenty of countries we could have included in this article, every day we are inundated with travellers who have travelled the world and fallen victim to a holiday illness. Getting ill on holiday is a sure fire way to ruin a long awaited break, but coming home knowing that there is a solicitor who knows how to help you may ease the pain.

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