Public Health England has advised holidaymakers to err on the side of caution when visiting the city of Hurghada in Egypt, due to a spate of E. coli infections in the region.
We are seeing an increase in holiday sickness cases, and witness on a daily basis, the short and long-term impact this has on people, so we welcome the government’s warning to UK holidaymakers. Symptoms of E.coli can include diarrhoea, severe abdominal pain and fevers.
Worryingly, in severe cases, particularly within younger and older people, complications such as kidney failure can arise, which can be fatal.
Currently, Public Health England’s scientists are working to establish how the infections were caused in order to minimise further cases, but the government agency has released thorough advice to travelling to Hurghada.
Dr Nick Phin, Deputy Director of the National Infection Service, Public Health England said, “We are aware of people returning from Egypt with E. coli infections, some with a serious kidney complication haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS). We are gathering information about those affected to better understand the cause.
“Anyone suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting should ensure they keep well hydrated and seek medical advice if their symptoms don’t improve within 48 hours. Individuals with symptoms after returning from holiday should seek medical advice from their GP or NHS 111.”
Bott and Co Has Previously Recovered £17,800 In Compensation For a Family Who Became Ill In Hurghada
As a leading consumer rights law firm with specialist knowledge in holiday sickness claims, we’re sadly all too familiar with hearing symptoms related to holiday sickness, and in 2017 we acted on behalf of a family who had all become ill while staying in Hurghada. The Khan family, who had spent £5000 on a two-week package Thomson holiday suffered terribly while away, with the reality of their hotel definitely not matching up with the expectations set by Thomson.
Mrs Khan says, “We chose this particular hotel because it was a 5 star so we thought it would be of a high standard. Thomson also stated that they even use mineral water for ice cubes. It was these little things that reassured us that we would be fine.
It wasn’t about the money element, it’s about the loss of enjoyment out of the holiday experience. I work, I study, and I have four kids. A two-week break out of 52 weeks in a year is a massive deal for us.
Their suffering was so bad that the entire family became ill, and Bott and Co recovered £17,800 from the holiday provider for the loss of their enjoyment, diminution of value, provision for pain, suffering and loss of amenity.
Public Health England’s Advice To Those Visiting Hurghada
As E.coli is contracted through ingesting contaminated food or water, Public Health England’s advice focuses on being vigilant when eating and drinking.
Their recommendations include: avoid eating salads and uncooked vegetables, only eating fruit that can be peeled, avoiding ice and tap water, even when brushing teeth, only drinking bottled water and ensuring all meat is cooked thoroughly before you eat it, avoiding any meat that is pink or cold.
But of course, if you have consulted a tour operator when booking your holiday, spent money and waited in anticipated of said holiday, it’s fair to say you shouldn’t have to take so many precautions, especially if it impacts every meal time. This is why holiday sickness claims are such an important issue to highlight.
Bott and Co conducted an investigation into the top five winter sun destinations and unsurprisingly, Egypt came out on top as the most common winter sun destination for holiday sickness claims, with a staggering 144% more claims than in Mexico.
Holiday Sickness Claims Have At Times Been Controversial, But We Fight For True Justice
Despite the controversy that holiday sickness claims have attracted in recent years, we fight for justice in taking on legitimate cases when people’s health has been truly compromised, ruining the holiday experience and resulting in suffering and loss of amenity. We have successfully recovered compensation from all the major holiday package companies, including TUI, Thomas Cook, First Choice and Jet2.
If you booked your package holiday or all-inclusive trip through a UK tour operator, it is highly likely that you are protected by law and that the tour operator may be liable: The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 enables those who have been ill on a package holiday to pursue a claim for up to 3 years from the date that they became poorly.
We fight for justice when innocent people fall foul of hygiene standards that leave a lot to be desired, and we hold the tour operators to account when such illnesses could have been completely avoidable. We have consistently acted on behalf of those that have become ill through no fault of their own while abroad, often leaving them bedridden.