Food Poisoning & Illness in Cape Verde
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Situated near the North-West coast of Africa, the islands of Cape Verde can be found 500 miles off the coast of Senegal. The former Portuguese colony has found its reputation building and tourism is on the rise. The beautiful beaches on the islands stretch for miles and the diverse marine life and remnants of shipwrecks make the area a fantastic spot for diving and exploring. You’ll be able to eat in traditional Creole Portuguese-African restaurants and sample the rich culture of Cape Verde through music, food and fashion.
The climate in Cape Verde means that mosquitos frequent the area so precautions must be taken to lessen the risk of being bitten and catching Dengue Fever, which causes flu like symptoms or Malaria which can have serious consequences.
In addition to this, instances of illnesses caused as a result of the negligence of hotels and resorts on Cape Verde have been reported.
Drinking tap water in Cape Verde is not advisable and may cause diarrhoea, however restaurants in all-inclusive resorts have been known to wash salad and vegetables using this water. Doing this, has then caused holidaymakers to fall ill.
Hotels in Cape Verde have also been known to have inadequate standards of hygiene, which can mean that the swimming pools are not properly maintained and can lead to Cryptosporidium being spread amongst tourists. If food is not prepared in the right conditions or left in unhygienic circumstances, this can cause Salmonella, Shigella and E. coli and can mean severe stomach cramps and diarrhoea for holidaymakers.
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If you suffer an illness whilst away, your relaxing all-inclusive holiday can quickly turn into a negative experience. Not only will your health suffer, you could also be left out of pocket due to costly medical treatment. Once back home, it could also leave you unable to work or fulfil other commitments.