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Travellers’ Diarrhoea

By on March 16, 2016

Amoebic Dysentery – ‘Travellers’ Diarrhoea’

Amoebic dysentery is transmitted through contaminated food and water and due to its prevalence overseas, it is commonly called Traveller’s Diarrhoea.

Amoebae can exist in two forms;

  • The first as free amoebae (known as trophozoites), which are relatively harmless.
  • The other being cysts, which are known to be highly infective.

The cysts are particularly resistant to the concentrated acid content in the stomach. Once ingested they can move through the digestive system taking residence in the intestine causing infection.

They can be found in human or animal faeces and are easily spread through poor sanitation or hygiene.

Amoebic Dysentery can be caused by careless or negligent hygiene, as well as through contaminated food and drink, consumed without adequate heat treatment.  Another common cause can be salads being washed in contaminated tap water.

Once again, we see this more frequently where clients have complained about the strong smell of sewage around the hotel. This is often due to untreated sewage waste being used to fertilise the hotel greenery. This process of recycling waste water may save money for the hotel, but in turn results in a huge increase in the reports of sickness, diarrhoea and reported outbreaks of Amoebic dysentery

Common symptoms of Amoebic Dysentery can be:

  • Stomach cramps
  • Painful passing of stool
  • Diarrhoea containing blood
  • Nausea

Less common symptoms can include:

  • Formation of cysts on the liver and other organs
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting

Onset of illness:

  • 1 – 7 days after contamination


Duration of illness:

  • From a few days to a few weeks, but left untreated the parasite can reside in the gut for years.

It is your tour operators’ responsibility to make sure you are provided with a safe, clean and hygienic hotel.

If you have fallen ill whilst on an all-inclusive holiday get in touch with a member of our team.  Holiday Sickness Claims will be happy to help you through the process of claiming compensation for your sickness. Our panel of solicitors are helping thousands of people claim compensation for their holiday sickness. Call us free on 0800-8-654321or send a message through our Facebook page.

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