On holiday Cholera advice
Cholera usually only occurs in places where poor hygiene and sanitation practiced. Unfortunately for many holidaymakers low standards can be prevalent at all-inclusive resorts where tour operators aren’t stepping in to ensure that everything is done to keep people safe.
Can I make a claim?
When you book a package holiday your tour operator is entering into a contract with you wherein they are responsible for taking reasonable steps to ensure your safety abroad. In the event that you suffer an illness that could have been prevented, they are in breach of this contract, and under The Package Travel Regulations 1992 you could claim compensation.
What do I need to do to claim for Cholera?
If you suffer Cholera on holiday it’s advisable to gather evidence as soon as possible. This can include anything that indicates the cause of your condition as well as evidence that you took steps to try to improve your health. Photos and videos of unsanitary conditions can be helpful, as can statements from other guests, written confirmations of any complaints you have made, medical notes and pharmacy receipts.
The next step is easy. All you have to do is get in touch with us and we’ll provide you with a free no-obligation consultation on your claim in plain, jargon-free English.
What is Cholera?
Cholera is a bacterial infection of the intestines, which usually results in diarrhoea and sickness, and if left untreated; severe dehydration, and potentially death. This harmful bacterial infection is usually contracted in areas with low hygiene standards or countries with poor water and sewage processing infrastructure.
How do I contract Cholera?
Cholera is contracted by consuming the harmful Vibrio cholerae bacteria that can be found in contaminated food and water in areas with poor sanitation or lack of water processing facilities. It’s commonly spread by flies that feed off faeces and sewage when they settle on food and can be found in shellfish that has lived in contaminated water.
It can be spread through infected faeces, meaning that anyone who has not practised good hygiene, such as the food handlers in hotel restaurants and other guests, can spread the disease through the oral-faecal route.
Where can I contract Cholera?
Outbreaks of Cholera can occur shortly after a natural disaster such as an earthquake or hurricane, but generally, they are common in areas where hygiene or the infrastructure to handle waste is inadequate. When holidaymakers report an outbreak, they are usually staying in Caribbean locations such as the Dominican Republic and Cuba, or Central American countries such as Mexico.
What are the symptoms of Cholera?
Cholera can induce debilitating food poisoning symptoms, including profuse diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and stomach cramps. Unless these symptoms are properly managed they can result in dangerous levels of dehydration, and in severe cases can lead to kidney or heart failure.
How long does Cholera infection last?
Vibrio cholerae has a very short incubation period compared to other holiday illnesses, taking between 2 hours and 5 days, although typically it takes 2 to 3 days to incubate. Once you begin to exhibit symptoms, you can expect them to last for around 3 to 6 days, but the bacteria can be found in your faeces for up to 2 weeks, with the possibility of long-term health complications lengthening your ordeal.
Who is most at risk?
You can increase your chances of contracting harmful bacteria by staying in a place where there is poor sanitation or inadequate hygiene, however, if you take antacids or medication to reduce your levels of stomach acid you could be more at risk. There’s also evidence to suggest that people with type O blood are twice as likely to contract Cholera.
What should I do if I have Cholera?
If you suffer an illness on a package holiday you should inform the staff at your hotel, and it’s usually a good idea to complain to your tour operator representative. In addition to taking action to prevent more guests from becoming ill, they should be able to provide you medical help or advise you on where the nearest health centre or hospital is.
Being seen by a medical professional and having relevant request tests carried out plays a big part in your road to recovery, as it ensures that you are receiving the right treatment. You should also visit your GP when you return to the UK to confirm that you’ve received an accurate diagnosis and assess any potential future health complications.