Cryptosporidium is a serious parasitic infection which is caused by ingesting the parasite in water contaminated with human or animal faeces.
In Turkey, holidaymakers often contract the Cryptosporidium illness/bug as a result of dirty swimming pools, which have not been kept clean.
Cryptosporidium – or Crypto as it is sometimes called – is also becoming resistant to cleaning chemicals used in swimming pools, such as chlorine. Hotel pools should be tested and treated daily with these chemicals to make sure guests are not ill with Cryptosporidiosis – a form of gastrointestinal infection causing sickness and diarrhoea.
Holidaymakers who do not shower before using the pool, or who allow babies wear soiled nappies to use the pool – or who swim in the hotel pool when they have a stomach upset – can all be reasons why an outbreak of Crypto occurs at a hotel in Turkey. If the pool is properly treated, however, Cryptosporidiosis is a preventable holiday illness.
The symptoms of Cryptosporidium Turkey illness/bug are:
- Stomach cramps
The parasite Cryptosporodium exists in a cyst, which protects it inside the human gut and also in the gut of animals. If drinking water supplies become contaminated with Crypto as a result of faeces from grazing pastures nearby entering the supply, the bug can cause an outbreak of sickness and diarrhoea at hotels in Turkey. For this reason holidaymakers should only drink bottled water which is sealed and not eat ice cubes.
Holidaymakers who go wild swimming in rivers in Turkey are also running the risk of Cryptosporidiosis if grazing pastures are nearby.
A Cryptosporidium infection will usually clear by itself but it is important to seek medical help and obtain a diagnosis as symptoms of the illness may subside, only to return later. The top 5 tips for avoiding Cryptosporidium Turkey illness/bug are:
- Always shower before and after using the hotel swimming pool in Turkey and never allow babies wearing soiled nappies to use the pool, and do not use the pool if you have a stomach upset – report a dirty hotel pool to your holiday rep, hotel manager and tour operator
- Wash hands as much as possible, and especially before eating and after using the lavatory
- Take antibacterial hand wipes and use these to clean your hands and surfaces/doorknobs, as well as cutlery and the rims of cups and glasses, as the faecal-oral route is the most common for causing Cryptosporidiosis
- Report any instances of poor hygiene at your hotel to your holiday rep, hotel manager and tour operator – especially dirty public areas, lavatories, changing rooms by the pool and table tops: hand-to-mouth contact can cause Crypto infections if surfaces are contaminated with faecal matter
- If there is an outbreak of Turkey holiday illness at your hotel, avoid using public facilities like lavatories and the swimming pool – and be extra careful about hygiene at the all-inclusive buffet, as this is often a source of cross-infection. Only drink water from sealed bottles and never eat ice cubes or use dirty serving spoons or crockery or cups/glasses not properly cleaned.
Cryptosporidium Turkey illness is preventable with good hygiene at your hotel, but if you are ill during your holiday, make sure you visit your GP on your return to the UK and get a diagnosis in case you need further treatment.
You can also make a Turkey holiday illness compensation claim under the Package Travel Regulations 1992, so once you have obtained your Cryptosporidium Turkey holiday illness/bug diagnosis, contact a specialist firm of holiday claims solicitors handling Turkey Crypto compensation claims.
You have 3 years in which to make Cryptosporidium Claims for Turkey Illness contracted on holiday. Specialist lawyers know the laws inside out ensuring a good compensation about is likely.
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