On holiday Amoebiasis advice
Amoebiasis is an illness that can cause distressing symptoms to manifest, which can result in not just a ruined holiday but missed days at work and potentially long-term health complications that could impact your quality of life.
If you’ve contracted the Entamoeba histolytica parasite on a package holiday, you could be owed compensation by your tour operator.
Can I make a claim?
When booking a package holiday, your tour operator is responsible for ensuring that they take reasonable steps to keep you safe abroad. This means that if you become ill due to something that they could have been prevented by more efficient hygiene processes, then under The Package Travel Regulations 1992 you could be entitled to compensation.
What do I need to do to claim for Amoebiasis?
If your holiday has been ruined by an infectious disease, starting a claim is simple. Just gather any evidence that you have showing that you contracted your illness as a result of your stay at your hotel, such as photos or videos of unhygienic conditions, as well as statements from other guests. All you need to do then is contact us and we’ll give you a free no-obligation consultation on your claim in plain, jargon-free English.
How much is my claim worth?
Typical compensation awards for Amoebiasis contracted on holiday ranges from £1,000 to £25,000 depending on the severity of your condition. We handle all claims based on their individual merits, the following example is from a case study wherein we helped a client to claim compensation following a holiday ruining illness, giving you an idea of how much your claim could be worth:
Mrs B from Surrey developed severe gastric symptoms while on a First Choice holiday in Egypt when she suffered profuse diarrhoea, vomiting and cramps, requiring medical treatment during which she was treated with antibiotics and intravenous fluids. After being provided with evidence that she suffered Amoebiasis she contacted First Choice only to be told that her illness was caused by the change in climate from travelling abroad, possibly due to over indulgence or a mysterious virus…”
Understandably Mrs B was dissatisfied with the response she received from her tour operator and contacted our travel law specialists for advice. Following our representation First Choice saw sense and she can now expect to receive between £6,000 and £9,000 for her ruined holiday.
What is Amoebiasis?
Amoebiasis is an intestinal infection caused when the Entamoeba histolytica (E. histolytica) parasite is inadvertently consumed; resulting in Amoebic colitis wherein your intestines become inflamed, causing a lot of pain and bringing your holiday to a halt. In some cases the E. histolytica parasite can cause Amoebic dysentery, wherein in your lower intestines become damaged and you suffer profuse bloody diarrhoea.
What else can happen?
If the E. histolytica parasite gets into your blood stream it can spread to your brain and central nervous system, as well as your liver where it can cause abscesses to form. If these abscesses burst they can damage your diaphragm and cause problems with breathing.
How do I contract Amoebiasis?
Usually Amoebiasis is contracted through food poisoning by eating or drinking water or food that has been contaminated with the E. histolytica parasite, usually due to contact with faecal matter. It can also be contracted through direct or indirect contact with infected faecal matter, meaning that bathrooms, toilets and unhygienic hotel staff can often be to blame for the spread of the disease.
Where can I contract Amoebiasis?
You can suffer from Amoebiasis anywhere that sanitation and hygiene is of a poor standard. In our experience hotels in popular holiday destinations such as Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Egypt are often where British tourists report suffering this illness.
What are the symptoms of Amoebiasis?
Amoebiasis can develop without showing any symptoms, however if it develops into Amoebic colitis you can begin to suffer from abdominal pain and diarrhoea. If your condition progresses to Amoebic dysentery you can experience far more severe symptoms and you may find blood and mucus in your stool. Other symptoms can include fever, loss of appetite, weight loss and rectal bleeding.
How long does an E. histolytica infection last?
The E. histolytica parasite usual takes 2 to 4 weeks to incubate, however it can take anywhere between a few days up to several years. Once the E. histolytica parasite has incubated symptoms usually only last for a few days, however if the disease progresses it can cause lasting damage.
Who is most at risk?
While this parasitic infection can be more harmful to those who are undernourished or in poor health, anyone who practices poor hygiene and sanitation is at risk. While abroad it’s generally advisable to only drink bottled water, and avoid peeled fresh fruit or vegetables, food from street vendors and not unpasteurised milk, cheese or dairy products.
What should I do if I have Amoebiasis?
If you suffer from Amoebiasis abroad you should notify staff member at your hotel, and it’s advisable to complain to your tour operator representative. They should take steps to prevent any further spread of infection as well as provide you with access to medical help.
It’s important to see a medical professional and request tests to ensure that you are provided with the relevant treatment. It’s also a good idea to visit your GP when you return to the UK to ensure that you were provided with an accurate diagnosis and to assess if you require any further treatment.