Being struck down with shigella on holiday is no laughing matter. At least 100 people at the four-star Coral Sea Waterworld complex in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt, were struck down by the bug earlier this summer. Several tourists collapsed whilst others were given antibiotics and hooked up to IV drips, after contracting shigella on holiday. Now some travellers have claimed the hotel tried to blame the outbreak on over-exposure to the sun. Shortly after many guests became ill, a letter entitled ‘Sunstroke and How to Stay Healthy’ was circulated to those staying at the hotel. On-site medics later suggested that sunstroke could be the cause of the illness, after they had already prescribed infection-fighting medication to many guests.
Many of those who became ill had noticed poor hygiene in the buffet restaurant and amongst staff, who often served food with dirty utensils or bare hands. Tourists asked reps to close the hotel but they refused and an increase in good hygiene practices was suddenly noticed, as extra doctors were brought in to deal with the outbreak. Tour operator First Choice offered some travellers a ‘paltry’ sum of compensation and refused to admit anything was wrong. Now over 250 guests are claiming compensation from their tour operators.
Have you contracted shigella on holiday?
Shigella is a bacterium which causes shigellosis. Symptoms can include diarrhoea, fever and stomach cramps. This usually resolves itself within five to seven days, but antibiotics can kill the bacteria and shorten the illness. Most infections are transmitted due to a lack of hand washing and basic hygiene, or by eating contaminated food. If you have contracted shigella on holiday, you may be able to claim compensation if you are travelling on a package holiday with a tour operator. Tour operators have a duty to protect their customers, and if this hasn’t happened you could be eligible to make a claim.
Claiming compensation for shigella
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today if you have contracted shigella on holiday. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers have been assisting customers with similar claims since 2000, and we work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis. It’s easy to find out how much you could claim – take the 30-second test on our website, or call our freephone helpline; we’ll usually be able to tell you straight away if you have a viable claim. We believe you should be compensated if your holiday has been ruined by illness, and our team will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve. So call us today; we’re open 24/7.