Marsa Alam is a southern Egyptian resort that is becoming very popular due to its picturesque beaches and coral reefs. Many holiday makers arrive at Marsa Alam looking to enjoy the facilities at one of the growing number of hotels, providing a range of facilities and dinning options.
Common illness reported in Marsa Alam include various forms of food poisoning including Salmonella and E. Coli. These illnesses can cause diarrhoea, stomach pains, fever and dehydration. A common cause of contracting these illnesses in a resort as popular and as busy as Marsa Alam is the handling of infected currency. Due to high temperatures and the fact that Egyptian money stays in circulation for a long time, it isn’t unlikely for it to not only carry infection but also have an unpleasant smell.
Undercooked food and poor food hygiene in general has also been reported as the cause of many holiday illnesses in the region and all holidaymakers must be sure to follow these guidelines when travelling in and around Marsa Alam:
- Use only bottled water for drinking and brushing your teeth.
- Frequently use an alcohol-based hand gel.
- Avoid Ice as it may have been made from tap water.
- Avoid street food
- Avoid salads and any uncooked fruits and vegetables (these may have been handled unhygienically)
In the event that you do get ill Sickholiday advise that you seek medical attention whilst on holiday as this will greatly increase your chances of making an eligible claim upon your return.
Whilst ill it is important that you drink plenty of bottled water and use rehydration salts when possible. It is advised that you take rehydration salts with you on your trip along with some other essentials such as Cipro (fights bacteria in the body) Imodium (treats the symptoms of Diarrhoea) and a thermometer to measure your temperature.
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 to Marsa Alam, get in touch with a member of our team on 01625 253 020.
We have over 10 years industry experience and we will be happy to help you through the process of claiming back the cost of your holiday plus any additional compensation you may be owed.