Most strains of E. coli (Escherichia Coli) are completely harmless to the body. However, there are strains that can be very dangerous, in particular E. coli 0157 which is a bacterium that in the last few years has been on the increase. This particular strain produces a toxin known as Shiga toxin, which along with other symptoms can eventually lead to death.
Cause of Illness:
E. coli can be found in water supplies that have not been properly treated or can come about as a result of cross-contamination with cooked and uncooked meats.
- Diarrhoea (often with blood)
- Abdominal cramps
Less Common Symptoms:
- Haemorrhagic diarrhoea (a severe loss of blood).
- Haemolytic Uremic Syndrome (in which the red blood cells are destroyed, resulting in kidney failure).
Source: Undercooked ground beef, unpasteurised milk, raw fruits and vegetables.
Onset of illness: 1 – 10 days after contamination.
Duration of illness: Some E. coli bacteria are harmless, whereas others can result in long-term disabilities. In most cases however, E. coli symptoms last from 5 – 30 days.
It is your tour operator’s 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. 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.