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Travellers’ Diarrhoea and Sickness in Hurghada

  • Was your holiday in Hurghada ruined by illness?
  • Want to know how to stay safe in Egypt?
  • Interested in making a claim for compensation?

Egypt has long been a popular destination for British holidaymakers looking for high end hotels at lower end prices, specifically the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh which has been very favourable with British tourists in recent years. Due to the recent terror attacks tour operators in the UK have stopped selling package holidays to Sharm el-Sheikh until security is reviewed and heightened, leading to an increase in sales for other resorts in Egypt, such as Hurghada.

Why is Hurghada so Popular?

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Hurghada is renowned for its glorious beaches, exceptional scuba diving and close proximity to some amazing historical sights. The resort centre has numerous high end all-inclusive hotels and features many bars, restaurants and nightclubs; meaning it is the perfect choice for holidaymakers seeking variety. Hotels in Hurghada are offered by First Choice and Thomson which are part of the TUI UK Limited group of companies, as well as by Thomas Cook and Red Sea Holidays.

While Hurghada is an attractive option for holidaymakers seeking an all-inclusive break in Egypt, we often receive complaints from people who have had their package holiday ruined by illness.

Which Hotels in Hurghada do you monitor?

Our team of travel law specialists regularly monitor hotels in Hurghada, and a few of the hotels we are currently paying close attention to due to previous claims or expected outbreaks can be found below:

  • Premier Romance Boutique Hotel
  • Sunrise Holidays Resort
  • Smartline Colour Beach
  • Baron Palace Resort
  • Steigenberger Makadi

What is Traveller’s Diarrhoea?

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Traveller’s diarrhoea is a common illness contracted by British tourists travelling to developing countries and is usually associated with an increased frequency of bowel movements accompanied by abdominal cramps, nausea, bloating, fever and vomiting.

Traveller’s diarrhoea can be acquired by ingesting food or water that has been contaminated with animal or human faeces. The onset of this condition usually occurs during the first week of travel, but can occur anytime during the holiday or upon returning.

Travellers’ diarrhoea can also occur when cooked and uncooked foods are improperly handled, with risky foods including raw and undercooked meat, poultry and seafood, as well as raw fruits, vegetables, tap water and ice, unpasteurized milk and dairy products.

Below are some helpful tips for decreasing the risk of suffering from traveller’s diarrhoea:

  • Ensure meat is cooked thoroughly and eat it whilst it is still hot
  • Avoid leftovers or food which has been left out for long periods of time
  • Avoid seafood if you’re unsure if it is fresh and has been cooked thoroughly
  • Only eat cooked vegetables and avoid salads washed in local water
  • Avoid food which has been exposed to flies
  • Ensure all dishes and cutlery are clean and have been washed in hot water
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before eating or handling food
  • Always wash your hands after using the toilet

Is the Water Safe in Hurghada?

The tap water in Hurghada isn’t considered safe for consumption and can be a route to infection for harmful bacteria and parasites. The following tips could help you avoid a nasty infection.

  • Don’t drink from the water supply unless you are sure it is clean
  • Decline ice cubes in your drinks
  • Don’t brush your teeth with contaminated water
  • Only drink sealed bottles of water from reputable sources

Have You Suffered Traveller’s Diarrhoea in Hurghada, Egypt?

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Your tour operator is responsible for ensuring that no element of your package holiday causes you to come to harm while in Hurghada, so if you have suffered from traveller’s diarrhoea on a regulated package holiday you may be able to claim compensation from your tour operator.

We can provide you with free legal advice on the potential prospects of making a claim, as well as an estimate for how much your Egypt illness claim could be worth. Our travel law specialists can handle all cases under a ‘no win no fee‘ agreement, meaning you will not have to worry about the cost of bringing a claim because our fees only get paid if we win your compensation.

Case Study Example

In a recent case we were instructed by a woman from Manchester to take legal action against Thomas Cook for Salmonella poisoning suffered at the ‘Sunrise Holiday Resort’ hotel in Hurghada. After instructing us to represent her on a ‘no win no fee‘ funding basis she was awarded £3,500 compensation for distress and loss of enjoyment.

Get in touch for a chat about how we can help you by filling in our quick, no obligation enquiry form and we will call you back or you can call us directly on 0808 145 1353.


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