On holiday Typhoid and Paratyphoid fever advice
Typhoid and Paratyphoid fever are diseases which in the very rare instance can be fatal without treatment, but even with the relevant medication, it can cause debilitating, holiday ruining symptoms. Fortunately, there are laws in place that enable you to claim compensation if your break abroad has been ruined.
Can I make a claim?
If you booked a package holiday with a tour operator based in the UK, you do so under the reassurance that they will take reasonable steps to keep you safe while abroad. This is because of The Package Travel Regulations 1992, and in the event that they fail to keep you safe and you suffer a debilitating holiday illness, under this regulation you could claim compensation from your tour operator.
What do I need to do to claim for Typhoid or Paratyphoid fever?
While your first port of call if you suffer Typhoid or Paratyphoid fever should be a medical professional who can provide you with a diagnosis, and your GP when you get back to the UK, there are things that you can do that could help your potential future claim while you’re still abroad. Photos or video of poor conditions can be beneficial, as can any other evidence that you gather, for instance, statements from other guests.
It doesn’t take much to start a claim; all you need is a few spare minutes to talk to our travel law specialists, who will give you a free no-obligation consultation.
How much is my claim worth?
Your holiday illness compensation claim worth is assessed on a variety of criteria, from how severe your condition is, to how much your holiday cost. Factors such as whether or not you were unable to return to work or if you incurred on-going medical costs can be considered, but generally, holiday illness compensation awards are between £1,000 and £25,000 but can be worth more.
What is Typhoid or Paratyphoid fever?
Typhoid fever occurs when a Salmonella typhi bacterial infection spreads to different organs throughout the body, but it is similar to the bacterium that causes Salmonella food poisoning. Please note that if left untreated your condition can be fatal.
Paratyphoid fever shares many similarities with Typhoid fever and is caused by Salmonella enterica of the serotype Paratyphi A, Paratyphi B or Paratyphi C. and is considered to pose a similar risk as Typhoid.
How do I contract Typhoid or Paratyphoid fever?
Both Typhoid and Paratyphoid are highly contagious, but the harmful bacterium that causes these debilitating conditions is usually spread through the inadvertent consumption of faecal matter. Infection can occur through food poisoning, but it can also be caused by coming into contact with someone who is not practised good hygiene and suffering either condition.
Where can I catch Typhoid or Paratyphoid?
The Salmonella Typhi or Paratyphi bacteria can be contracted at locations around the world, but it’s more common in less industrialised nations or locations with poor standards of hygiene. Our holiday claims specialists can help British tourists claim compensation for illness at the following locations:
- Balearic Islands
- Canary Islands
- Dominican Republic
What are the symptoms of Typhoid and Paratyphoid?
If you suffer any of the following symptoms, you may have contracted the Salmonella Typhi bacteria; sustained fever, fatigue, abdominal pain, headache, loss of appetite and a rash featuring rose-coloured flat spots.
Sufferers of Paratyphoid tend to exhibit similar symptoms, experiencing sustained fever, headaches, abdominal pain, nausea, weight loss, a cough, slow heart rate, rosy spots and either constipation or diarrhoea. Sufferers can also develop chills, sweating, loss of appetite, lethargy, a sore throat and muscle pains. In some very rare instances, people infected with the serotype Paratyphi A, B or C can experience seizures, confusion or psychosis.
How long does Typhoid or Paratyphoid last?
The time it takes for the Salmonella Typhi bacteria to incubate is usually between 1 and 2 weeks, but this can vary from 3 days to 1 month. If left untreated you could continue to suffer from the symptoms of Typhoid for around 4 weeks.
The incubation period for Paratyphoid fever is comparatively shorter, usually at between 1 and 10 days.
Who is most at risk?
Everyone is capable of contracting Salmonella Typhi and Paratyphi, but only some people will develop symptoms. Ensure that you only eat at places that practice good hygiene, checking to make sure that food handling staff members are wearing gloves that are regularly changed to reduce the chances of getting sick.
What should I do if I have Typhoid or Paratyphoid?
Typhoid is a notifiable disease, meaning that if someone suffers from it, it’s a requirement that the local health authorities are made aware. It’s important to receive treatment for Typhoid or Paratyphoid fever (usually through the administration of antibiotics) as soon as you can to limit the duration of your illness. Please be aware that Typhoid can become fatal if left untreated for a prolonged period of time.
In addition to ensuring that the relevant parties and health authorities are aware of your condition; if you are considering claiming compensation, it can be beneficial to complain to your tour operator representative while still abroad.