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By on March 16, 2016

Food posioning – Botulism

Have you suffered from food poisoning or Holiday Sickness while on holiday?
Suffering from Botulism (Clostridium Botulinum) is very uncomfortable; it is often characterized by a tingling in the fingers and blurred vision, leading to difficulty breathing. Although it is a rare condition, it can be potentially life threatening.
C. Botulinum is a gram positive bacteria that produces an endotoxin. It is perhaps the most toxic toxin ever known to man; it is a neural toxin and around 1 microgram is enough to kill a human being. Around 1 in every 10 people infected with C. Botulinum dies from respiratory failure caused by neural shock paralysing the muscles of the chest.
C. Botulinum has various modes to propagate infection; ingestion, wound, inhalation. The most common mode is ingestion of the toxin within containers of food which has been improperly preserved.
Botulism can occur from coming into contact with contaminated canned, tinned or bottled food products as well as stagnant soil or mud.  The illness can typically begin 12-36 hours after you have eaten contaminated food and can last for 7-10 days or longer, and in rare cases, the illness has been known to last months and even years
Clostridium botulinum has in the present day been remanufactured to produce Botox, which paralyses the nerve endings and when ingested can have the same effect on the body. Paralysis often starts with the eyes and face before moving to the throat, chest and extremities.

Cause of Illness:

A heat-resistant exotoxin produced by the bacteria as they multiply and grow.

Symptoms of Botulism can include

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Diffucilty swaqllowing or speaking
  • Dry mouth

Less Common symptoms can include:

  • Facial weakness
  • Diziness
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Breathing issues
  • Paralysis

To avoid the risk of contracting Botulism it is important to follow these guidelines:

  • Avoid foods not cooked thoroughly and/or re-heated incorrectly.
  • Advert foods not prepared hygienically.
  • Avoid food not stored at the correct temperature.
  • Escape salads and any uncooked fruits and vegetables (these may have been handled unhygienically)
  • Wash hands before and after meal times and after using toilets and washrooms.
  • Frequently use an alcohol-based hand gel.

Source: Although the bacteria itself is not harmful, it can produce highly poisonous toxins when deprived of oxygen. Examples include contamination of canned, tinned or bottled food products as well as stagnant soil or mud.

Typical Onset period: 12-36 hours after eating contaminated food.

Typical Duration: 1-10 days (symptoms can last months or even years in rare cases).

It is your tour operators’ responsibility to make sure you are provided with a safe, clean and hygienic hotel.
If you have suffered from holiday sickness whilst on an all-inclusive packaged holiday get in touch with a member of our team.  Holiday Sickness Claims will be happy to help you through the process of securing a No Win No Fee solicitor to represent your claim for Holiday Sickness and get the compensation you deserve.
Give us a call on 0161 740 4178 to see if you fit our panel solicitors criteria. It is a simple process and we will let you know if you are eligible, we don’t want to waste your time or ours.
If you can locate your booking confirmation and ATOL certificate that your travel agent or tour operator provided when you booked your holiday, this will speed up the process. Usually sent to your email or if you booked in a store would usually be provided in paper format. If you cannot locate a copy we can help.

The Simple Claim Process

Quick telephone call to Holiday Sickness Claims to take a report
The information provided will be evaluated.
If accepted your panel solicitor will do their best to get you as much as possible.
Once liability has been admitted, a cash sum will be awarded.

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