Parasites are organisms that extract nourishment and protection from other living organisms. They can range in size from tiny, single-celled organisms to worms that can be seen by the naked eye.
Parasites are living things that use other living things – like your body – for food and a place to live. You can get them from contaminated food or water, a bug bite, or sexual contact. Some parasitic diseases are easily treated and some are not.
Parasites range in size from tiny, one-celled organisms called protozoa to worms that can be seen with the naked eye. Contaminated water supplies can lead to bacterial infections such as Giardia. Cats can transmit Toxoplasmosis, which is dangerous for pregnant women. Others, like malaria, are common in some parts of the world.
If you are travelling, it’s important to drink only water you know is safe. Prevention is especially important. There are no vaccines for parasitic diseases. Some medicines are available to treat parasitic infections. Sickholiday.com recommend you follow these guidelines to avoid illness whilst on holiday:
- 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 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.