Few instances can be as frustrating, demoralising and debilitating as falling seriously ill whilst on holiday. Suffering illnesses abroad can be a scary and unnerving time and, though recompense can be sought through travel accident compensation, it will always leave a bad taste in the mouth.
This is particularly the case with contaminated water. One of the first pieces of advice listed on almost any guide to staying safe abroad and avoiding injuries on holiday is to drink only from bottled water bought from the shops.
In fact, this piece of advice is repeated so much it risks being dismissed as over the top scaremongering, something of an old wives’ tale.
The scary truth, however, is that even buying the best bottled water possible, does not totally eliminate the threat of contamination – it all depends where the product is sourced.
What illnesses on holiday am I likely to suffer from drinking contaminated water?
Top of the list of unwanted consequences from drinking contaminated water on holiday is a gastrointestinal illness known as Cryptosporidiosis. This particular infection is brought about through the consumption of contaminated food or water or via contact with infected faeces.
The unwelcome parasite has an incubation period that will last for anything between 2 and 5 days. Symptoms to be wary of include:
– Watery diarrhoea
– Stomach pain
These symptoms typically last several days but in the worst cases can hang around for weeks.
Some people are more at risk than others, and children and young people ought to take particular care to avoid suffering illnesses on holiday. Those with lower immune strength or problems with their immune system face the double whammy of being both more likely to suffer from infection and require a longer time to recover.
Illnesses from drinking contaminated water on holiday can be somewhat difficult to prove so, as is so often the case in life, it is best to seek expert advice before proceeding.
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Date Published: November 26, 2013
Author: David Brown