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Travellers’ Diarrhoea in the Dominican Republic – Holiday compensation claims for illness

What is Travellers’ Diarrhoea?

Travellers’ Diarrhoea refers to the most common form of gastroenteritis contracted whilst travelling abroad. The Dominican Republic, a popular destination for UK holidaymakers, is often the source and cause for many Brits returning home with travellers’ diarrhoea.

Travellers’ Diarrhoea encompasses and describes a number of different symptoms such as diarrhoea, stomach cramps, vomiting, fatigue, fever and nausea. Following medical treatment Travellers’ Diarrhoea can subsequently be formally identified as food poisoning. Infections such as Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter and E.Coli can be diagnosed usually after consuming contaminated food or water.

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What causes Travellers’ Diarrhoea?

There are several causes of Travellers’ Diarrhoea in the Dominican Republic including the following:

  • The Hotel’s all-inclusive buffet – main culprit!
  • Food not cooked correctly, particularly meat, fish and eggs
  • Food that is re-heated incorrectly to the wrong temperature
  • Low hygiene standards of hotel food handlers and any kitchen equipment they are using
  • Poor hygiene of guests
  • Birds, insects, cats and lizards freely roaming around the hotel dining areas
  • Dirty Hotel swimming pool water
  • Contaminated drinking water

Symptoms and Treatment of Travellers’ Diarrhoea

  • Common symptoms include; headaches, fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach cramps, blood in stools
  • More severe symptoms include; dehydration, dizziness, confusion, lethargy and weakness, loss of consciousness, death.

Children and the Elderly are those most at risk if they are not treated quickly.

Treatment is usually through over-the-counter medicines and it is important to maintain an intake of fluids to keep fully hydrated to prevent dehydration.

It symptoms persist for more than 24 hours then it is important that you seek advice and treatment from your GP in the UK who may prescribe you antibiotics.

How to prevent Travellers’ Diarrhoea


  • Staff should thoroughly wash and clean hands before starting to prepare or handle any food
  • The Hotel should ensure that all food preparation areas and kitchen utensils are spotlessly clean
  • All frozen food should be defrosted completely before cooking
  • Ensure that all cooked food is served piping hot and cooked all the way through
  • Prohibit all animals from the restaurant to prevent them contaminating the food
  • Any reheated food must be piping hot before being served
  • Cover all raw food such as meat and fish
  • Ensure food such as milk, cream, cold meats and salad is correctly and properly refrigerated
  • Wash all fruit and vegetables thoroughly before use


  • Wash hands frequently especially after using the toilet and handling local currency
  • Carry and use anti-bacterial wipes
  • Only drink bottled water
  • Avoid swimming in dirty pool water

The above measures can be taken to prevent travellers’ diarrhoea when you are on holiday in the Dominican Republic.

Travellers’ Diarrhoea in the Dominican Republic

Have you caught travellers’ diarrhoea whilst on holiday in the Dominican Republic and suffered illness symptoms?

You are not the first unfortunately.

Simpson Millar has helped hundreds of holidaymakers to claim compensation from their tour operator for the travellers’ diarrhoea they suffered with on holiday.

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The Package Tour Regulations allow for holidaymakers to sue their Tour Operator in the UK following an illness contracted at an all-inclusive package hotel. Trusted Tour Operators such as Thomas Cook, Thomson Holidays, First Choice Holidays, Cosmos and Olympic Holidays provide thousands of all-inclusive package holidays to the Dominican Republic.

If you have suffered the misfortune of travellers’ diarrhoea whilst holidaying in the Dominican Republic and would like to do something about it then we recommend you contact Simpson Millar Solicitors. Simpson Millar’s specialist team of Travel lawyers have the experience and expertise to deal with any illness or accident claims against your Tour Operator.

Simpson Millar can help you win compensation from your Tour Operator for the travellers’ diarrhoea you have suffered from. Our lawyers work on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis.

Contact us immediately by telephone or use our online enquiry form to send us details of your illness. We will then speak to you about your potential holiday illness claim.