Red/Coral Sea Holiday Village Compensation News – Cryptosporidium Reported!
Were you ill whilst staying at the Red/Coral Sea Holiday Village in Sharm El Sheikh?
Simpson Millar’s specialist holiday compensation claims team are continuing to be instructed by travellers’ who have returned to the UK suffering from a variety of gastric infections during their stay at the Coral/Red Sea Holiday Village in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
These illnesses have included confirmed case of salmonella food poisoning and e-coli but most recently we have received enquiries from holidaymakers who were infected by the waterborne parasite, Cryptosporidium – a bug often linked to faecally contaminated swimming pools.
Simon Lomax, Simpson Millar, Holiday Illness Claims expert says:
“This will be of particular concern to families at the beginning of the school holidays! Parents will be concerned to learn that those staying at the Holiday Village Red Sea in Egypt are returning with infective gastroenteritis which is often caused by the unsanitary condition of swimming pool water.”
“We will be raising our concerns with First Choice who feature the hotel exclusively for its holiday group’s guests in the UK.”
“Most holiday bugs in swimming pools are killed by adequate amounts of chlorine but the parasite Cryptosporidium is highly chlorine resistant and experts claim it can survive in pool water for days if the filtration is inadequate. The risk of exposing holidaymakers to this illness can however be reduced dramatically if hotels abroad rely on modern filtration techniques (ozone and ultra violet disinfection) together with chlorine.”
“The risks of ingesting faecal matter can also be reduced further if hotels have a faecal/vomit accident plan which involves closing a swimming pool immediately to decontaminate the water to prevent illness – action which is rarely carried out due to its unpopularity.”
“Given modern filtration techniques and the guidance that is available, I am surprise that First Choice’s staff continue to say that no amount of backwashing, flocculation/or filtration can eradicate contamination at the time it is most likely to affect another person using the pool.”
Simon continues to say:
“A rise in holiday illness claims was recently confirmed in a report by the Health Protection Agency which claims that outbreaks of holiday illness associated with swimming pools tend to be more common in the second half of the year.”
“Unfortunately poor hygiene practices in a hotel’s restaurant are often the source of the initial illness outbreak which is then exacerbated by the contamination of its swimming pool.”
“Holidaymakers should be advised of the risks – faecal matter should not be allowed to fester at the bottom of swimming pools for hours without being noticed by routine inspections or by the swimmers themselves. In the event of an accident swimming pools should be closed for a sufficient period of time to allow adequate cleaning and filtration.”
“Holidaymakers can also help prevent the spread of parasites and bacteria by showering before swimming to help wash away such harmful organisms. Children who are not toilet trained should not use the pool or they should wear special, pool safe, nappies.”
“If you experience a bout of holiday illness, especially diarrhoea, you should avoid using the swimming pool for 48 hours until after the symptoms have cleared up.”
If you suffer a gastric illness whilst staying at the Red/Coral Sea Holiday Village contact Simpson Millar’s specialist Holiday Compensation Claims team on:
Freephone: 08081293329 or drop us a line using the form above.
We are experts in both food and waterborne holiday infections and take cases on a “no win no fee” basis – if successful you will receive 100% of the compensation awarded.