A parasite is a type of organism which gets the nourishment it needs to survive from the host it is living on. Often these parasites are dangerous to humans, and can cause serious illnesses or in some cases fatalities. Malaria is a parasitic infection thought to cause over 650,000 deaths each year. Parasites can range from single celled organisms called protozoa which are not visible to the naked eye. To the much larger ectoparasites such as fleas and lice.
The main ways people become infected by parasites are through contamination of either food or water. Parasites are often found living in natural water sources, so it is vital any water which is used for drinking or in the preparation of food has been treated correctly. There are 3 main diseases people catch from water contaminated with parasites, these are:
Although these are all caused by different parasites, holidaymakers are generally infected by them for the same reasons. These are drinking contaminated water, eating food which has been washed using contaminated water and swimming in water which has not been treated correctly.
Depending on the parasite you have been infected by, you may or may not require medical treatment to recover. Serious complications can arise from being infected by parasites. So you should seek medical help as soon as possible. This may also provide further evidence for your claim.
If you have suffered from a parasitic infection 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.