Campylobacter is a group of germs which commonly cause food poisoning. This type of bacteria is mainly found in raw meat, in poultry particular. Campylobacter can come in different forms and can cause both minor and major food poisoning. This is often something that can be caught whilst on holiday and can cause a serious travel compensation claim.
How can Campylobacter be caught?
The microbes containing the campylobacter bacteria group are found in many different foods and drink including raw chicken or turkey, untreated water and even some mushrooms and shellfish. If the item if not cleaned and/or cooked properly, the campylobacter bacteria will remain alive and when the food inside digests the germs then mutate in your body and cause you to be unwell. This is a common travel compensation claim due to restaurants not always making sure the food is cooked properly.
How does campylobacter affect the body?
Campylobacter can affect the body is numerous ways. It can take the form of any type of food poisoning from a minor stomach ache to severe vomiting and diarrhoea. In its most extreme form, it could hospitalise you as you may need rehydrating through an IV drip. This is when a mild form of food poisoning becomes a serious travel compensation claim.
How can I avoid this bacteria and having to make a travel compensation claim?
Sometimes it is difficult to avoid the campylobacter bacteria as you cannot physically see it. But there are some things you can do in order to prevent yourself from having to make a travel compensation claim.
When abroad, if you are in doubt how safe the tap water is, always drink bottled water. Also, when it comes to eating poultry, always make sure the meat is cooked all the way through and if you don’t think it is, don’t be afraid of asking them to cook it for longer or a fresh meal. This will certainly help to prevent any possible travel compensation claim.
However, whenever eating either home or abroad, it is impossible to make sure you never catch campylobacter and you may have to make a travel compensation claim. If you do get food poisoning on holiday through no fault of your own you may be able to make a claim.
Speak to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out how they could help you get the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: March 5, 2014
Author: David Brown