Holiday Illness & Infection

Feel better knowing what to do!

Holiday illness or infection is one of the most common of all holiday complaints that we receive. Before you travel it is vital that you understand what illness issues could arise while you’re away. Below, we highlight the problems you may experience and we suggest that you bookmark this page in your browser! You’ll then feel better knowing that, if necessary, you can instantly access our advice while on holiday. 

Holiday Advice - How do I deal with Holiday Illness or Sickness Problems Either Before or After I Travel?

It is estimated that some 60 million visits abroad are made by Britons each year, with some 20 million package holidays being sold The range of destinations is as wide as it is varied. In the same way the range of complaints are varied, the principle area of concern relates to holiday food poisoning claims. Since 1996 HolidayTravelWatch has dealt with over 250,000 people and their travel compl... READ MORE 15 May 2015

Beware Resort Representatives advices on Holiday Illness!

We have previously warned about resort reps advices on holiday illness or how to treat them; it would seem that some travel companies still insist on the 'plausible' deniability defence - hoping that this will put holidaymakers off the scent!  We are currently helping to put together a group action of holidaymakers who have a range of holiday illness and contractual complaints against their hot... READ MORE 19 August 2011

Norovirus or Norwalk Virus

Throughout 2010 and now into 2011, HolidayTravelWatch has been dealing with increased reports of so-called 'Norovirus' infection.  It should be noted that out of all the cases ever reported to this Organisation, only one holidaymaker has ever reported that they were tested and confirmed as suffering with Norovirus - (Note however, in that case it was the tour operator who tested the holidaymake... READ MORE 19 April 2011

Do you really want to go to a Sick Holiday Hotel or Cruise Ship?

For some time we have observed the spectacle of British Holidaymakers being sent to hotels or cruise ships where it is obvious that illness is rife!  In one notorious case, the string of holiday complaints involved Salmonella, Cryptosporidium, Shigella and Campylobacter - some holidaymakers were actually diagnosed with 2 of those diseases! In some hotels and cruise ships we often hear that holi... READ MORE 2 April 2011

Beware of Resort Reps Guidance on Holiday Illness & Medicines!

Do resort reps think that they are fireproof?  Do travel companies know what their resort reps are saying or are they complicit?  Yes, I am back again to report on an old friend - Resort Representatives openly advising holidaymakers at welcome meetings, that the new holidaymakers WILL suffer holiday illness and that the way to deal with it is to buy 'brand X' drug from the local pharmacy!  I do... READ MORE 7 June 2010

Dealing with Holiday Illness or Sickness Abroad or When You Return to the UK!

This year we have already heard from returning holidaymakers about their holiday illness or sickness experience!  Many are reporting that they have suffered an initial 3 to 4 days sickness, a slight recovery and continuing problems when they return to the UK!  Some holidaymakers have reported to us that they have been subsequently diagnosed with diseases such as Salmonella, E-Coli or Shigella!... READ MORE 6 June 2010

Come Whither The Swine Flu? III

The debate of swine flu and forthcoming holidays rumbles on!  The latest advice (we can only find the following two reports), apparently from Government, is that if you are suffering with swine flu when abroad - stay there until you recover!  Readers of our earlier blog on this matter will have noted our deep concern over the lack of travel insurance cover and how those 'disinclined' to travel,... READ MORE 20 July 2009

Come Whither The Swine Flu? II

So, we can now see the result of the swine flu pandemic - the BBC have reported that reports of this illness have jumped by 50%!  Do you remember our first blog on this issue, how the holidaymaker we reported on was dealt with by the HPA and Health Authorities?  Do you remember all those holidaymakers caught in the first outbreak in Mexico and how they were repatriated?  At the time some report... READ MORE 18 July 2009

Come Whither the Swine Flu?

We have spoken recently with a holidaymaker who took a short break in England.  He decided to spend a long week-end in Cardiff and booked into a hotel near to the airport.  On the day of his arrival he reports that he was not suffering with any health problems.  Further, he also reports that the room was clean and tidy, with no debris left behind by any previous guest.  Within a day, he began t... READ MORE 7 June 2009

Come On Cyprus - Collaborate with EWGLI!

We are frequently contacted by holidaymaker's who have confirmed Legionnaires Disease, which they received from their holiday destinations.  It was of concern and sadness to read of a recent outbreak in Cyprus, which affected 11 babies, several of whom had died.  There were no hotels or tourists involved within that outbreak.  What was of concern however, was to read that whilst Cyprus is a mem... READ MORE 5 March 2009