While there are a variety of food poisoning causing pathogens that could result in a ruined holiday, some, such as Salmonella and E. coli are better known than others. While the Cyclospora parasite is a lesser known holiday bug, it can still result in a disastrous break abroad.
If you suffered a gastric illness on a package holiday and only ate at restaurants at your all-inclusive resort 48 hours before becoming ill, it's likely that you're able to claim compensation from your tour operator. If you become ill due to the conditions at a hotel restaurant your tour operator could be liable, so don't let them get away with sending you on a holiday with poor standards. Claims for Cyclospora usually have the same limitation period as other food poisoning claims, meaning that adults have 3 years from the date they became aware of the infection to claim, and children have 3 years from the age of 18, so don't delay and get in touch with a member of the team today.
If you paid a UK based tour operator a single price for a package holiday that included your accommodation, transport, meals, drinks and more; then under The Travel Regulations 1992 (PTRs) your tour operator might be to blame for you illness. The PTRs are in place to ensure that your tour operator takes reasonable precautions to prevent you from coming to harm on a package holiday, whether through the negligence of your tour operator or any of their third party suppliers. In the event that they fail in this endeavour and you contract a parasite such as Cyclospora, you might be able to claim compensation from them.
We have made starting a claim as simple as possible. All that you need to do is get in touch with us and we'll talk you through your case, advising you of how much compensation you could be entitled to, what evidence you need to support your claim, and the best course of action to increase the chance of your case being successful. We will talk to your tour operator for you, so you can get on with your life, while we do the hard work to win your compensation.
Cyclospora can be common in subtropical regions of the world such as Mexico, meaning that travelling there can put you at an increased risk of infection. Because Cyclospora can be found in popular resorts such as those found in the Riviera Maya, it's vital that tour operators ensure that the all-inclusive hotels that they offer as part of their package holidays, do all that they can to prevent the spread of infection.
Often compared to the common holiday parasite Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora is a microscopic food poisoning parasite that is comparatively uncommon; however the way that people contract it is very similar to Cryptosporidium. Cyclospora is often contracted through the consumption of contaminated food and water, with infected fresh produce often being the cause of illness in holidaymakers.
Cyclospora can cause a range of holiday ruining symptoms, many of which are similar to other forms of food poisoning. The most common sign that you are suffering from the parasite will be an increased need to visit the toilet with alternating with bouts of diarrhoea and constipation. Other symptoms that you could suffer from include indigestion, abdominal cramps, nausea, weight loss, vomiting, fatigue and fever, which are also similar symptoms to Cryptosporidium.
If you suffer from these symptoms it's important to request a stool sample test from your GP, as this can be used to confirm the pathogen that has caused your condition, and allow your GP to provide you with the appropriate treatment.
Cyclospora has an incubation period of between two and eleven days, meaning that you could suffer symptoms while abroad or once you return home. Once the incubation period has completed, symptoms, which often begin with severe diarrhoea, last for on average between nineteen and forty-three days, however it is possible to experience a relapse and prolong the length of time that these symptoms last. Much like other food poisoning causing diseases that you can contract abroad, Cyclospora is self-limiting, meaning that it is possible for your body to naturally fight off the infection, but if you suffer from an immune deficiency you may find that your symptoms last for several months.
If you have suffered from the Cyclospora parasite or any other form of food poisoning or holiday illness, our dedicated team of travel law specialists can provide you with a free no-obligation consultation on your case, during which we can advise you of the true value of your claim and the best course of action to pursue compensation from your tour operator.
If you choose us to instruct us we can represent you on a 'no win no fee' basis, meaning that you don't need to worry about having the funds available to start your claim, and can rest assured that we'll do all that we can to maximise your compensation.