Thursday, November 5, 2009

Advice on Stomach Problems Abroad

Health issues are least welcome during a holiday experience, but thankfully medical travel insurance can cover the financial expenditure involved. Knowledge and advice regarding frequently occurring illnesses can help too.

Indiscriminate health problems which can strike anyone on holiday are common diarrhoea and stomach-bug type illnesses. These can so often wreck travel plans, for example, a case of food poisoning preventing day trip excursions which have already been paid for: Travel insurance would cover such a loss.

Holiday illnesses may not be restricted to just a dose of bad luck for the occasional traveller. For example, over 1,000 holidaymakers were affected by infected food and water supplies throughout an entire resort in the Dominican Republic, which subsequently led to a significant legal compensation claim by the ill and hospitalised tourists.

Below we explore the different types of common infection and their properties:

  • Cryptosporidiosis is caused by a water-borne parasite which is strongly resistant to chlorine treatment. It is found world wide and can be contracted from contaminated bathing water or drinking water.

  • Gastroenteritis causes intestinal and stomach problems including abdominal pains, vomiting, and dehydration. This infection is common and bacteria may be caught from infected food.

  • Norovirus is a highly contagious virus which can be spread from person to person, or even from coming in to contact with unhygienic surfaces. It is also caught from infected water and food sources resulting in stomach disorders. Due to the proximity of passengers at sea, cruise ships are particularly monitored for Noroviruses.

Travel insurance for medical issues experienced at sea, on land, during a holiday or business trip, provides the reassurance necessary when the above illnesses strike.

Not having to worry about the repayment of medical fees might also reduce stress and aid the immune system's recovery time!

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