Hotel swimming pools in popular holiday destinations may contain a number of hidden germs and bugs that could cause serious illness. Consequently holidaymakers should take care when swimming whilst on holiday. One of the most common bugs that can be found in hotel swimming pools abroad is Cryptosporidium. This bug can cause symptoms of illness that are similar to those that are commonly associated with food poisoning including diarrhoea, stomach cramps and sickness.
Illness on holiday is often automatically believed to be associated with food poisoning or a virus, however, it may be caused by contaminated water. Typically this could be from the swimming pool, salads that are washed in water, drinking water or ice in drinks.
Further information about Cryptosporidium, including information about what it is, how it is treated and hints and tips about how to avoid cryptosporidium can be found here.
If you have contracted Cryptosporidium whilst on a package holiday then the chances are that you will be able to claim compensation from your tour operator. You can claim in respect of the illness itself, loss of holiday enjoyment and for any losses incurred as a result of the illness. These might include treatment costs or lost earnings if you were affected after your return from holiday.
If you swam away from the hotel, at a local waterpark for example, then this may complicate matters. Furthermore, the lack of a diagnosis from your GP may make things more difficult. These factors do not necessarily mean however, that you are unable to make a successful claim. There may for example be others at the hotel that have tested positive for cryptosporidium that did not leave the hotel, making it highly likely that your illness was from the same source.
There are systems, procedures and processes that hotels in different destinations should have in place in order to deal with the bug and to prevent it from spreading. Failure to carry out these measures will strengthen your chances of success.
The infection has an incubation period of about 7 days and the following symptoms can last up to 2 weeks:
In severe cases, the bug can also lead further problems, such as IBS, that can last for many years or even be permanent.
We specialise in helping individuals, families and groups that have suffered from holiday illnesses to claim compensation. We can usually act on a no win no fee' basis and can provide free initial advice.
If you have been affected by cryptosporidium or any other holiday bug, we may be able to represent you in a compensation claim against your tour operator.
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