Most cases of foodborne illness is caused by viruses and bacteria. If you’ve been struck down with food poisoning abroad and you developed symptoms after eating out at a hotel, restaurant or bar, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim travel accident compensation.
What is the difference between bacterial and viral foodborne illness?
The symptoms of viral and bacterial food poisoning are often very similar; however, there are many differences between viruses and bacteria. Most cases of food poisoning are caused by bacteria; a bacterium is a single living organism, which can grow on food and cause unpleasant symptoms when ingested by a human.
Viruses are usually spread from one person to another and they cannot grow on food items. Bacterial infections can often be treated with antibiotics; however, viruses are resistant to these medicines and are consequently usually more difficult to treat. Common examples include norovirus (viral) and salmonella (bacterial).
Signs and symptoms of food poisoning
The most common signs of food poisoning include diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting. Symptoms can vary in severity and if you have a serious case, this can often lead to dehydration, which causes low energy levels and fatigue, headaches and muscular pain. In severe cases, dehydration can also result in confusion and dizziness.
Top tips: Avoiding food poisoning abroad
When you head off on holiday, the last thing you want is to be spending your time feeling under the weather. Eating out abroad can carry greater risks than visiting food outlets at home due to differing standards of health and safety and hygiene; here are some simple tips to try and reduce the risk of developing an illness abroad:
- drink bottled water
- avoid foods which have been washed or rinsed in tap water (such as salad and fruit)
- ask for drinks without ice
- always ensure meat is cooked through
- make sure all food is piping hot when served
Claiming travel accident compensation
If you’ve been involved in an accident overseas or you want to find out more about claiming compensation for food poisoning, call Accident Advice Helpline to discuss your travel claim with an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Accident Advice Helpline was established in 2000 with a view to providing a reliable and hassle-free means of claiming compensation for people who have suffered injury or illness through no fault of their own. Endorsed by Dame Esther Rantzen, our law firm operates on a no-win no-fee* basis and most clients never have to go to court.
Call us today on Freephone number 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice