Holidaymakers travelling in developing tourist destinations such as Turkey – Egypt and the Dominican Republic are at significant risk from this disease, which occurs when the parasite is inadvertently swallowed.
The holiday bug can progress to Amoebic Dysentery in the lower part of the intestine and may cause severe damage. Holidaymakers are most likely to be affected in hotels and resorts were sanitation and hygiene is poor. If the parasite is passed to the liver, it can cause abscesses.
Amoebiasis is caused by:
If you have suffered from Amoebiasis or Ameobic Dysentery please let us know. Get in touch with our Holiday Illness Claims Experts today and claim compensation if you have suffered from a gastric illness abroad.
Typical compensation awards for Ameobiasis range from £1,000 - £25,000 depending on the severity of the holiday illness.
Get in touch with the Ameobiasis Holiday Illness Experts today if you have been ill at your hotel:
Freephone: 0808 145 1353 or drop us a line using the form above.
Symptoms include: loose stools, stomach pain and cramps, blood and mucus in the stools and a high feverish temperature.
Usual incubation period: Symptoms usually develop 1 to 4 weeks from ingestion of the parasite.
Duration of Amoebiasis holiday illness: The illness is generally short lived following a dose of antibiotics, the most common being Metronidazole. Rarely, the parasite invades the liver and causes an abscess which may rupture and require a surgical operation.
Prevention: As with most gastric illnesses, Amoebiasis can be prevented by good hygiene and sanitation. Holidaymakers are advised to drink bottled water; not to consumer fresh fruit or vegetables that you have not peeled yourself; not to purchase food from street vendors; and not to eat or drink unpasteurised milk, cheese or dairy products.
"Mrs B from Surrey developed severe gastric symptoms whilst on holiday in Egypt with First Choice – she can expect to receive between £6000 and £9000 in compensation for her holiday illness. She suffered from profuse diarrhoea, vomiting with associated cramps, and she required medical treatment whilst abroad. She was treated with antibiotics and intravenous fluids but her holiday was completely wrecked. Despite providing evidence of entamoeba histolytica, the tour operator’s staff suggested her illness was due to change in climate, over indulgence, and/or a mysterious virus! Once Simpson Millar's specialist Holiday Claims lawyers became involved the tour operator saw sense and agreed to pay her substantial compensation."