After finally getting away for the summer , food poisoning on holiday is the last thing you want to contract. Many people would not even consider making a personal claim due to food poisoning on holiday but it can be a very serious illness.
The poor quality of the water is a factor that may be the cause of your mystery illness. To prevent any sickness, you should stick to the bottled water that is usually found in most shops and supermarkets. You also need to be careful if you are a salad or fruit lover and make sure that tap water has not been used to wash your food.
Salmonella is another nasty illness that causes food poisoning amongst holidaymakers. Found in foods such as undercooked chicken, raw meat and daily products. Its can also be picked up if you did not wash your hands or have touched surfaces where the raw meat was prepared. Salmonella can last for over a week and is a major cause of food poisioning on holiday and upon their return many holidaymakers have proceeded with personal injury claims and in some cases received settlements between £2,000 – £9,000 depending on the severity of the illness.
Viral outbreaks can also be a reason especially within the confines of your hotel or if on a cruise ship. It can be caused by food contamination or poor hygiene facilities in the kitchen or restaurant.
Food poisoning on holiday – The Symptoms
Diarrhoea- This can last for up to 5days and can leave you feeling de-hydrated and weak
Nausea / Vomiting – Continued vomiting can cause stomach cramps and can cause you abdominal pain. It can often lead to a loss of appetite.
Chills / Headaches – Food poisoning on holiday can be caused by many symptoms such as chills and headaches and sometimes having a fever.
Keep all surfaces you are working on clean and tidy. This can help stop contamination and the spread of germs. When cooking all foods especially meat and poultry, make sure all your food is completly cooked the whole way through and avoid reheating, as this can germs to grow and your food may become contaminated. Personal hygiene is important, make sure you always wash your hands preparing food or after using the toilet.
More and more people are coming back and contacting insurance and personal claim companies as a result of food poisoning on holiday. If you have been personally affected, you should not just dismiss your chance to claim as your sickness was through no fault of your own.