Holiday sickness abroad

by admin on December 3, 2010

Holiday sickness abroad

Holiday sickness abroad can ruin your annual trip, and leave you suffering symptoms of vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps. Some of the most common viruses which cause holiday sickness abroad include:

E.coli 0157 and holiday sickness

Symptoms of E.coli include nausea, vomiting, and often some blood in the diarrhoea, usually lasting 3 days. Symptoms of illness normally show 3-4 days after being contracted, but it can take up to 9 or ten days to become apparent. Food preparation in dirty or unhygienic premises can cause E.coli 0157, which is also commonly contracted through eating undercooked meat, including mince and burgers and/or from drinking untreated milk. E.coli can also be passed on from person to person.

Campylobacter information

Campylobacter symptoms can include severe bouts of sickness, diarrhoea and vomiting, and the virus can last up to seven days. The incubation period is normally 5 days, and the virus is caused by untreated milk, undercooked meat, including chicken, fish and seafood.

Salmonella food poisoning abroad

If you suffer Salmonella food poisoning abroad, your symptoms would typically include: diarrhoea, fever, abdominal cramps and vomiting, and can last between 4 days and three weeks. Severe symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning abroad could cause illness lasting months, and if you are a food handler, you cannot go back to work until a doctor´s certificate proves you are free of the virus. The incubation period is normally between 2 and 5 days, and Salmonella is commonly caused by drinking unpasteurized milk, eating under-cooked meat and/or raw eggs.

Bacillus and holiday sickness abroad

Bacillus food poisoning can cause severe symptoms of vomiting, stomach cramps, sickness and severe diarrhoea. Symptoms typically last between 24 and 36 hours, and the incubation period is between 6 and 15 hours. Illness can occur after ingesting contaminated food or water, particularly dairy products. If you are suffering from Bacillus, you may also have eaten food that has been left out at the wrong temperature, and/or left uncovered at room temperature.

The causes of Gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis inflames the stomach lining, causing infection, pain and discomfort. Nearly 25% of the population in the UK suffer from Gastroenteritis every year, and if you should always report any type of gastric illness to the hotel management or holiday rep, if you contract the illness abroad. Symptoms of diarrhoea, vomiting and fever will normally clear up without medical treatment, but if you suffer a severe case of the virus, you may need to visit a doctor.

Gastroenteritis is commonly caused in holiday hotels by bacteria or parasites contaminating food or water. This affects the gut and can cause too much fluid in the gut, resulting in  diarrhoea. The young and old are more likely to suffer symptoms of Gastroenteritis, as are people with weakened immune systems. Further complications can include dehydration and kidney problems, although this is uncommon.

About Cryptosporidium holiday illness

Cryptosporidium is most likely to occur on holiday from dirty swimming pools. This water-borne virus is contracted from infected swimming pools, and the young are most likely to contract it, if they spend most of their holiday in a dirty swimming pool. Cryptosporidium symptoms are similar to food poisoning, and can include sickness, diarrhoea and vomiting. If you have checked into a holiday hotel where the pool looks dirty, complain to the management immediately, and don´t go in the water until it is clean.

If you have suffered holiday illness abroad, which included sickness, diarrhoea, vomiting or any type of gastric illness, you should seek immediate medical help, and make a complaint to the hotel if you suspect the illness was their fault. Holiday illness causes pain and suffering, and can totally ruin your holiday, so always bring any complaints to the attention of your holiday rep.


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