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Holiday Salmonella Claim – Tour Operators Pay Compensation for Illness!

Holiday Illness Claims for Salmonella

Salmonella food poisoning leads to an infection known as Salmonellosis. In 2010, hundreds of gastric illness cases were reported to the Health Protection Agency by British travellers returning from destinations, such as, Egypt – Dominican Republic – Turkey – Spain and Mexico.

Since many milder cases are not diagnosed or reported by travellers, the actual number of holiday salmonella food poisoning cases may be more than 30 times greater. It is not surprising that Salmonellosis amongst British families is more common in the summer than winter months given most family holidays are taken during the school holidays in July and August.

Children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are the most likely to get Salmonella food poisoning. Those subjected to illness because of poor hygiene conditions at hotels abroad often look to claim compensations from holiday tour operators, such as, First Choice Holidays, Thomson and Thomas Cook.

Symptoms of Salmonella Poisoning

Those holidaymakers who suffer sickness experience diarrhoea – fever – abdominal cramps and headache.

These symptoms typically show up 12 to 72 hours after infection and can last for 4 to 7 days, but most holiday makers will recover without treatment.

The effect of Salmonellosis is that the enjoyment of a holiday is immediately curtailed not only for the victim but also for the victim’s family members. UK travellers are entitled to claim compensation if their holiday was marred by salmonella food poisoning from their hotel.

Treatment of Salmonella Poisoning

Some holidaymakers claim that their diarrhoea became so severe that they needed to be hospitalized and treated with antibiotics. Indeed, it is not uncommon for travellers to be placed on IV drips to ensure they stay hydrated.

In rare cases, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines through the blood stream to other parts of the body, which can cause death unless urgent medical treatment is received. For this reason tour representatives are urged to immediately send holidaymakers to medical practitioners for treatment.

Travellers with serious bouts of Salmonellosis usually make a full recovery, although it may be several months before their bowel habits are completely back to normal.

Some food poisoning victims claim to go on to develop severe pains in the joints, painful urination and eye irritation. Called Reiter's syndrome, it can last for many years and can lead to chronic reactive arthritis.

Avoiding Salmonella Poisoning

There is no vaccine for Salmonella. To avoid Salmonella whilst abroad, travellers are advised to:

  • Only consume chicken, minced beef, and eggs that has been thoroughly cooked properly before eating
  • If you are served undercooked food do not hesitate to bring it to the attention of the waiter and your holiday representative. Chicken should not be served pink in the middle
  • Only eat food that is served at the appropriate temperature – piping hot or adequately refrigerated
  • Peel and discard outer leaves or rinds of fruits and vegetables
  • Do not eat anything which has been subjected to insect contamination
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet or changing nappies, and certainly before consuming food
  • Read label instructions on yoghurts, cheese, and other dairy products for "Use By" dates
  • Avoid handling reptiles or birds, or after contact with pets or stray cats and dogs
  • If the chef behind the counter looks ill eat somewhere else – salmonella can be passed from person to person via the oral faecal route

General practitioners in the UK are required to report all cases of salmonella food poisoning to the Public Health Laboratory Service.

Most cases of holiday food poisoning occur at all-inclusive hotels and a number of First Choice’s Holiday Villages have received a huge amount of criticism in the press of late. The Red Sea Holiday Village (Egypt) – Sarigerme Holiday Village (Turkey) and the Benalmadena Holiday Village (Costa Del Sol) have been widely reported as illness hot spots for British travellers.

The UK’s second largest tour operator Thomas Cook is not immune to holiday compensation claims either because it has problem hotels of its own including: Sol Cayo Coca – Royal Makadi Bay – Sol Guillermo – Sirenis Cocotal Suites and Sandos Caracol Eco Resort & Spa.

At Simpson Millar Solicitors we routinely monitor large all-inclusive resorts for illness outbreaks. We will be closely monitoring the following Holiday Villages for Salmonella food poisoning and illness outbreaks in Summer 2011:

  • Red Sea Holiday Village Egypt
  • Holiday Village Algarve – Portugal
  • Holiday Village Flamengo Beach – Lanzarote
  • Holiday Village Tenerife
  • Holiday Village Costa Del Sol – Spain
  • Holiday Village Turkey
  • Holiday Village Viva – Majorca
  • Holiday Village Aliathon – Cyprus
  • Rhodes Holiday Village
  • Holiday Village Manar Tunisia

Anyone returning from one of the above Holiday Villages or hotels concerned about the possibility of Salmonella infection should seek medical care and contact Simpson Millar’s Compensation Claims Team immediately for advice. We provide a first class claims service for those returning home ill with salmonellosis. Contact us on:

Freephone: 0808 145 1353 or drop us a line using the form above.

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Dated: 01/03/2011

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