Suffering from gastric upsets will ruin any holiday, and for various reasons it is more common than people would like to think. Travellers should always be aware of the potential pitfalls involved with sampling local cuisine. For instance, one of the factors that can often lead to food poisoning in Mexico is down to the way food is stored.
Kitchen hygiene is crucial. Where there is raw meat being stored alongside cooked foods, the former should always be stacked on a shelf above the latter, to prevent contamination from leaking juices.
Visitors to Mexico love to browse through open air markets, choosing from the selection of vegetables and fruit. But you should be aware that these must be washed in sterilised water, as they can harbour bacteria. This is especially the case with root vegetables, such as carrots, that can pick up harmful infections from the soil.
In any hot country where rice forms a staple part of the diet, you should be aware that contamination can be spread far more readily than from the usual suspects, such as chicken or seafood.
How debilitating is food poisoning in Mexico?
Sometimes nicknamed Montezuma’s revenge, after the ancient Aztec emperor, gastric poisoning is characterised by violent bouts of sickness, along with severe stomach pains, and a constant requirement to visit the toilet to expel diarrhoea. While the symptoms are unpleasant, most people will recover between 24 and 48 hours later.
The travellers who are most at risk are the very young and the elderly, as well as patients to have a reduced immune system for other medical reasons. It is important for the victims of such an incident to keep hydrated.
How can Accident Advice Helpline provide answers?
If your journey to Mexico has been ruined by exposure to contaminated food, then there are certain questions you must ask. Did this happen in a hotel that formed part of the package holiday? Were you exposed to the unhygienic meal during an official outing?
If the answer to these questions is yes, then you might well be looking at possible negligence. To fully assess the likelihood of a successful compensation claim, your next step should be to get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline.
To do this, simply dial our free helpline number, 0800 689 0500. We will put your case to a team of professional claims experts.