As the holiday season looms closer, you are probably thinking of getting your summer break booked. It is wise to remember that in many cities around the world, it is not safe to drink the tap water. Just to remind you, here are some of the dangers of drinking tap water whilst abroad.
The dangers of drinking tap water whilst abroad
One of the main dangers of drinking tap water whilst abroad is being infected by Cryptosporidiosis. This gastrointestinal illness is caused by a parasite in water and may cause symptoms including:
- Stomach pain
- Watery diarrhoea
Typically developing within two to five days of infection, this condition usually lasts for a few days, but can, in severe cases, last for weeks.
Other viral or bacterial contaminants that could make you violently ill when drinking tap water whilst abroad may consist of:
- Campylobacter, giardia and/or salmonella
- E-coli, hepatitis A and/or shigella
- Legionella and/or norovirus
In some areas, faulty or inadequate septic systems and farming activities may result in water being contaminated by chemicals and mineral including:
- Copper, nitrates and/or excess fluoride
- Herbicides and/or pesticides
Drinking contaminated water causes health effects that are similar to the effects of food poisoning and may range from nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and minor cramps to severe gastrointestinal conditions, reproductive disorders and neurological disorders. Unless diagnosed and treated quickly, some of these conditions may also lead to kidney or heart failure.
Preventing holiday illness
Drinking bottled water, not having ice in your drinks and avoiding raw foods like salads can help to prevent water-related illnesses. This does not, however, protect you against infections caused by contaminated food. Food hygiene standards can be considerably lower in some countries than they are in the UK, so it is recommended to be careful where and what you eat.
Made ill on holiday
If you were infected by contaminated food or water while on holiday, you could be entitled to travel injury compensation. Our nationwide Accident Advice Helpline legal team has over 16 years’ experience in processing claims for people who have had their holidays ruined by illness. Our 100% no-win, no-fee* in-house solicitors can help you, too.
To get free, no-obligation holiday illness advice and/or enlist our expert legal assistance, call us from any UK landline on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile phone on 0333 500 0993 and have a confidential chat with one of our sympathetic advisors today.
Date Published: May 2, 2017
Author: Accident Advice