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Holiday Illness and Sickness - Guide to Bugs Abroad


Simpson Millar's Holiday Illness Claims Specialists have compiled a guide to common and unusual infections and diseases experienced by holidaymakers visiting foreign destinations.

Have You Been Ill on Holiday?

  • You can claim substantial compensation from your tour operator if you suffered food poisoning at your hotel whilst on holiday
  • You can make a claim for compensation if you fall ill or sick because your hotel was dirty or the swimming pool was contaminated
  • If your holiday is ruined by bed bugs or other pests that the hotel has failed to control you can make a claim for holiday compensation

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

There are many causes of illness on holiday, ranging from bacterial infections to viral infections and parasitic infections, many of which are avoidable.

If you recently returned from a holiday abroad and have been diagnosed with Campylobacter, Salmonella, E. Coli, Shigella or Cryptosporidium, please let us know your travel dates and the name of the hotel you visited.

If your holiday abroad was a package and you have been ill or sick through no fault of your own, then speak to our Holiday Illness Claims Team today and get free advice about your legal rights and making a compensation claim.

Hotel Illness

Food that has been purchased from a questionable source or not cooked properly is a primary cause of sickness abroad. Bacteria can contaminate food, which when ingested multiplies and attacks the stomach lining, causing diarrhoea, stomach cramps and often vomiting.

Holiday Hotel Watch

The 2 most common causes of food poisoning on holiday abroad our specialist Holiday Illness Lawyers assist clients to claim compensation for are:

  • Salmonella
  • Campylobacter

Illness Bugs Abroad

Swimming pools rank amongst the common sources of stomach illness abroad. An ill person swimming in a pool has the potential to excrete Cryptosporidium cysts into the water against which chlorine is ineffective. Once ingested this parasitic infection causes unpleasant diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach cramps.

Our Holiday Illness Specialists regularly handle group claims involving large numbers of holidaymakers, struck sick by Cryptosporidium abroad because swimming pools have been contaminated.

Tropical Diseases on Holiday

Dengue Fever is a tropical infection passed on by a single bite from a Yellow Fever mosquito and causes victims to suffer fever, headaches, aches and pains and skin rashes.

There are some diseases that are endemic in foreign countries but there are still those that can be avoided.

Our Holiday Illness Specialists are contacted many times every summer by people who have been terribly infected by bed bugs, one of the most common forms of insects abroad.

Sickness Outbreaks at Hotels

Infected food handlers spreading infection is something an average holidaymaker does not give much thought to. But what if the food handler is infected by a virus that can be passed through the food chain simply by handling food at, for example, an all-inclusive hotel where guests mingle closely and share the same meals and facilities?

Our Holiday Illness Claims Personal Injury Lawyers are frequently contacted by victims of Norovirus outbreaks at hotels and on-board cruise ships. Also known as a winter vomiting bug, Norovirus is often implicated in some of the largest food poisoning outbreaks abroad.

Simpson Millar – Illness Abroad Experts

If the hotel is responsible for your holiday being ruined through illness, then the law allows you to get compensation from your tour operator, providing your holiday was purchased as a package holiday.

At Simpson Millar we help hundreds of holidaymakers every year to make successful compensation claims.

If you have been affected by a sickness outbreak at your hotel or an illness contracted on holiday call free today on: 0808 145 1353 or drop us an email with brief details of your experience.