28th March 2012 BREAKING NEWS:
Popular Food Poisoning Destinations
Food poisoning is one souvenir holidaymakers don’t want but popular food poisoning destinations include the Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Goa, Kenya, Mexico, India, Indonesia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and Thailand.
Less developed holiday resorts mean that holidaymakers may encounter bugs which cause food poisoning that they would not normally contract and so their immune system is not used to the intruder.
However, holiday companies are responsible for ensuring that holidaymakers are protected against contracting food poisoning – and that hygiene standards at holiday hotels and resorts are maintained.
Some of the bacterial infections found in popular food poisoning destinations include:
- Campylobacter – is a type of bacterial infection which causes most cases of food poisoning on holiday and lead to common symptoms of gastroenteritis, including fever, stomach cramps, sickness and diarrhoea and dehydration
- Cholera – is caused by the bacterial toxin Vibrio cholerae in contaminated water or food and symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea can be extreme, resulting in watery stools and dehydration
- Cryptosporidium – crypto is a parasite found in faeces and is passed via dirty swimming pools, especially if swimmers do not shower before or after swimming or children enter pools with dirty nappies
- Dysentery/Shigella – is usually contracted from drinking or bathing in contaminated water or having close contact with someone infected, and results in a bacterial infection (Shigellosis) which can quickly cause dehydration
- E.Coli – is a bacterial infection passed via uncooked meat, unpasteurised dairy produce or infected water, which can be fatal in vulnerable patients, children or the elderly
- Gastroenteritis – is an umbrella term for a range of symptoms which include fever, stomach cramps, sickness and diarrhoea and severe bouts of vomiting
- Giardiasis/Giardia Lamblia – Giardia Lamblia is a parasite found in faeces which causes intestinal infection (Giardiasis), leading to fever, cramps, and sickness and diarrhoea
- Salmonella – is a well-known cause of food poisoning on holiday and produces symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea, fever, cramps and headache after eating contaminated or undercooked food, drinking contaminated water – or coming into close contact with someone else infected with salmonella. Salmonella infections can disappear and return after a few weeks
- Typhoid/Paratyphoid – are both contracted from contaminated water supplies and cause fever, vomiting and diarrhoea. Typhoid can be fatal and paratyphoid is the less severe form of the infection.
Food poisoning holiday hotspots for certain illnesses are:
- Spain & Balearic Islands – Salmonella, Dysentery & Shigella, Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium, E-coli, Giardiasis/Giardia Lamblia,
- Cuba – Cryptosporidium, Salmonella
- Dominican Republic – E-coli, Dysentery, Campylobacter, Salmonella, Cryptosporidium, Giardiasis/Giardia Lamblia, Shigella
- Egypt – Campylobacter, E-coli, Salmonella, Cryptosporidium, Shigella, Dysentery
- Mexico – Cryptosporidium, Salmonella ,Campylobacter, Dysentery, Giardiasis/Giardia Lamblia, Shigella, E-coli
- Tunisia – Salmonella, Giardiasis/Giardia Lamblia, Campylobacter, E-coli, Cryptosporidium, Dysentery & Shigella
- Turkey – Salmonella, Campylobacter, E-Coli, Dysentery, Cryptosporidium, Shigella.
The symptoms of different types of bacterial infections in popular food poisoning destinations are similar so it is important to obtain a diagnosis in resort if symptoms are severe – or on returning home if symptoms continue.
To protect against food poisoning on holiday, don’t eat undercooked meat or dairy foods – or foods left open on buffets; only drink bottled water (sealed); and wash hands scrupulously – and shower before and after using the swimming pool or hot tub.
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