Shigella bacteria comes in 4 types with Shigella Sonnei being the most common. It is also the Shigella bacteria that can lead to cases of Dysentery.
Shigella and Dysentery holiday illnesses are often caused by ingesting contaminated food or water. It only takes one person who is infected to forget to wash their hands and the bacteria can spread rapidly. Also if food becomes contaminated then you could easily catch this bug from eating at places like the hotel buffet.
Many unsuspecting holidaymakers can fall foul of this holiday illness with symptoms like diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting along with stomach pains and fever.
Can I claim compensation for my Egypt Package Holiday Travel Bug?
If whilst you were enjoying your package holiday in Egypt your picked up an illness bug that you weren’t expecting such as Shigella or Dysentery then you could be able to claim compensation through your UK Tour Operator as they have a duty of care to you to ensure that the hotel provides a service that does not put your health at risk.
You are able to claim compensation under The Package Travel Regulations 1992 if you booked your holiday as a package and the incident happened within the last 3 years. If you became ill whilst in Egypt and visited a hospital make sure you get a copy of your medical records whilst you are there, alternatively if you visited your GP back in the UK then make sure tests are undertaken to determine the cause of your Egyptian holiday illness.
All of these things will help when assessing if you can claim compensation for your ruined holiday in Egypt.
Talk to Simpson Millar’s Egypt Shigella/Dysentery Compensation Claims Team today and get free advice as to whether you have a claim. You have nothing to loose by getting in touch with us.