Food poisoning is the generic term given to illnesses caused by the ingestion of harmful bacteria or virus. Most cases of food poisoning are not too serious, and can be recovered from within a week. However, this is long enough to make you miss out on a considerable portion of your holiday. You may be entitled to food poisoning on holiday compensation if you have been ill while on holiday. Call us now on 0800 098 7925 to see if you can make a no win no fee claim.
Most people are familiar with the common symptoms of food poisoning; nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. However, food poisoning can also cause you to suffer from a fever, loss of appetite, chills and a lack of energy.
Food can become contaminated if it is not handled, stored or cooked correctly. There are many ways this can occur, here are some of the most common:
Usually food poisoning does not require medical treatment to recover from. However, if you are ill when on holiday it may be useful to seek help, as this may provide evidence for your claim.
If you have suffered from food poisoning or any other illness whilst on holiday, get in touch with our expert claims advisers today. Either by calling on 0800 098 7925 or filling in the contact form. We will help you get the advice you need to get the compensation you deserve.
Below we have listed some of the most common causes of food poisoning. This list is not exhaustive so if you have suffered from a different illness, contact one of our claims advisers today.
Norovirus is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK. The bug usually passes within 48 hours but makes you feel very unpleasant during that time. Symptoms of Norovirus are primarily vomiting and diarrhoea, but can include headaches and lethargy.
Norovirus spreads because of poor hygiene. Contaminated food and food preparation surfaces provide the virus with the perfect environment to spread. The virus can also be spread through water contaminated with sewage.
Cruise ships have been in the news recently regarding outbreaks of Norovirus. The style of on board dining and the proximity of the passengers make it easy for the virus to spread quickly throughout the ship. If you have experienced a stomach bug on board a cruise ship, it could well have been Norovirus.
Botulism is a very dangerous, but thankfully rare, condition caused by exposure to contaminated canned or bottled foods. Symptoms can take anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days to develop, and vary from person to person. Common symptoms include vomiting, cramps, constipation and diarrhoea.
If Botulism isn’t treated it can cause paralysis which spreads from the head throughout the body. This starts with double vision, slurred speech, and difficulty swallowing, leading to breathing difficulties and finally paralysis. Botulism can be fatal in a small amount of cases.
Campylobacter is the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK, and is said to be responsible for over 250,000 cases of food poisoning each year. It can be found in unpasteurised milk and in contaminated water, but it is usually found on raw or under-cooked poultry.
Many cases of food poisoning contracted on an all-inclusive holiday will be Campylobacter. This is because it thrives in situations where meat is under-cooked, or when cooked meat is left warm for a long time. Typical conditions found at an all you can eat buffet.
Escherichia Coli O157, more commonly known as E. Coli, is a bacterial infection which attacks the stomach and the kidneys. It is known to cause stomach pain, bloody diarrhoea, fever and in some cases kidney failure. Symptoms generally become apparent around 3 to 4 days after contamination, and last for up to 2 weeks.
E. Coli is not one of the more common causes of food poisoning, but it can be caught in the following circumstances:
If you have been infected by E. Coli, you should stay at home for two days after symptoms have cleared to prevent the bacteria spreading to others, and remember to drink plenty of fluids.
The symptoms of Salmonella are similar to E.Coli, with stomach pain, diarrhoea, fever and possible nausea. The onset of Salmonella is much quicker. Symptoms can become apparent as soon as 12 hours after becoming infected. It normally takes under a week to recover, and treatment is not usually necessary.
Just remember to keep drinking as much as possible, as dehydration caused by Salmonella can be life threatening. In fact, Salmonella is responsible for more hospital admissions than any other form of food poisoning, around 2500 each year.
Salmonella is primarily caught through eating contaminated food. The bacteria is present in the gut of farm animals, and as result can be found in meat and dairy products. It is also possible for fruit and vegetables to become contaminated. This is due to them being in contact with manure in soil or sewage in water.
Typhoid is a highly contagious bacterial infection, which is spread by people who have not washed their hands after going to the toilet. It is commonly caught on holiday in areas with poor sanitation, as human waste can contaminate the water supply. Holiday makers can then catch typhoid when they drink or wash in the contaminated water.
The most common symptoms of typhoid are a very high temperature (103-104F), headaches, stomach pain and constipation or diarrhoea. If you are suffering from these symptoms it is vital you seek medical help as soon as possible. Typhoid requires urgent treatment with antibiotics to prevent potentially fatal complications.
There is a vaccination for Typhoid which is available in the UK. This is recommended if you are travelling to areas such as South East Asia and the India Subcontinent.
Listeria is another form of food poisoning caught by eating contaminated food. The Listeria bacteria are only killed through cooking or pasteurisation. In contrast to most other bacteria, it can survive and even grow when refrigerated. Because the bacteria can survive in cold temperatures, it is often found in cheese, butter and pre-packed food such as sandwiches.
Symptoms of Listeria normally last around 3 days and include nausea, fever and diarrhoea. However, in rare instances the infection can spread and become more severe with complications such as meningitis. Signs the infection is becoming more serious include severe headaches, tremors and a stiff neck.
Call us now on 0800 098 7925 or contact us here to find out for free if you are eligible to make a no win no fee food poisoning on holiday compensation claim.