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On holiday Cryptosporidium advice

Cryptosporidium could be the bane of your package holiday. Sometimes found in hotel swimming pools, Cryptosporidiosis could result in spending the remainder of your holiday confined to your hotel bathroom, but did you know that you could be entitled to compensation?

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Can I make a claim?

If you booked a package holiday to an all-inclusive hotel abroad, then your tour operator is responsible for keeping you safe, and they must take reasonable steps to achieve this. If they don't and you suffer from an illness that could have been prevented, then under The Package Travel Regulations 1992 you might be entitled to claim compensation.

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What do I need to do to claim for Cryptosporidium?

If you think that you have Cryptosporidium then it's important to receive a diagnosis from a medical professional, as soon as possible, as well as speaking with your GP in the UK. If you decide to claim compensation, it's advisable to gather evidence of the cause of your illness while still at your resort. This can include photographs or video of unhygienic conditions, and taking statements from other holidaymakers who have also suffered the symptoms of Cryptosporidiosis.

Once you return home contact our travel law specialists, and we'll give you a free no-obligation consultation on your case in plain, jargon-free English.

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How much is my claim worth?

Holiday illness compensation awards typically range from £1,000 to £25,000, with the amount awarded being dependent on a number of variables, including how severe your condition is, whether you're still suffering symptoms and whether you have any lasting health complications. While we would need to speak to you to provide you with a more accurate estimation of the amount of compensation you could claim for, below you'll find an example of how much you could be entitled to:

Mrs Borton booked a package holiday with her tour operator for her wedding and honeymoon. Just before her big day she suffered symptoms of vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and a fever. She was later diagnosed with Cryptosporidium and upon her return to the UK was signed off of work. Following her initial bout of holiday illness Mrs Borton developed post-infective IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), resulting in alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhoea, which left her unable to attend the concerts she previously enjoyed. Mrs Borton contacted us about her nightmare holiday, and following our representation she was awarded £20,500 compensation.

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What is Cryptosporidium?

Cryptosporidium is a waterborne protozoan (single-celled) parasite that infects your bowels, causing Cryptosporidiosis, which usually causes people to suffer from Gastroenteritis. There are two types of Cryptosporidium that people usually suffer from; Cryptosporidium hominis (C. hominis) and Cryptosporidium parvum (C. parvum).

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Can you catch Cryptosporidiosis

Like many other types of holiday illness, Cryptosporidium is usually contracted through contact with infected faecal matter. This can be indirectly through contact with contaminated surfaces such as door handles, as well as directly by consuming contaminated food, drinks or water. In our experience swimming pools are a common cause of waterborne infections, as young children have a habit of consuming pool water.

Cryptosporidiosis can also be spread from person-to-person by those who don't practice good hygiene, so be wary of other guests and food handlers at your all-inclusive hotel.

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Where can I contract Cryptosporidiosis?

Cryptosporidiosis can be contracted anywhere that hygiene conditions have dropped to a standard that allows the Cryptosporidium parasite to spread, but in our experience the following countries are holiday destinations where this harmful holiday bug can be caught:

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What are the symptoms of Cryptosporidiosis?

The Cryptosporidium parasite can induce a state of Gastroenteritis, which includes symptoms of diarrhoea, abdominal pain, vomiting, a fever and loss of appetite. It's important to keep in mind that with these symptoms you can become susceptible to dehydration, which itself can lead to further symptoms.

How long does Cryptosporidiosis last?

It usually takes the Cryptosporidium parasite between 3 and 12 days to incubate before you begin to suffer from Cryptosporidiosis. Once you begin to suffer the symptoms of this disease, they usually last for between 12 and 14 days, however symptoms can last for up to a month. During this time your symptoms may appear to improve, only for you to relapse before you are fully recovered.

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Who is most at risk?

Almost everyone is at the same risk of Cryptosporidiosis as each other, however the parasitic infection is more common in children under the age of 5, and subsequently parents of young children are also at risk. People with compromised immune systems are also more likely to contract the disease.

What should I do if I have Cryptosporidiosis?

If you have been infected by Cryptosporidium and are exhibiting Gastroenteritis symptoms, it's advisable to inform a staff member at your hotel, as well as your tour operator representative. Try to seek out medical assistance as soon as possible and request a diagnosis so you can begin treatment. It's generally a good idea to visit your GP once you return to the UK to confirm your diagnosis and receive any necessary further treatment.

If you've been diagnosed with Cryptosporidiosis on a package holiday and want to find out more about claiming compensation, then contact our travel law team who will be able to provide you with expert advice.

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Why choose a travel law specialist?

While you can handle your claim on your own, be aware that your tour operator may try to settle your claim for less than its true value. Our travel law specialists can assess your case within minutes and advise you of how much compensation you are likely to receive. We can represent you on a 'no win no fee' basis, so you can rest assured that we'll do all that we can to maximise your compensation award.

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Contact us for help with making a claim

If you want to find out more about claiming for Cryptosporidium on any other holiday illness, contact us by completing our enquiry form and we will call you back, or call us free on 0808 145 1353.

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