Food Poisoning & Illness - Shigella in Dominican Republic
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The Dominican Republic is one of the most beautiful spots in the world, let alone the Caribbean. This popular island has grown in reputation over the years for providing the ultimate holiday experience. Stunning beaches are accompanied by quaint fishing villages where you can watch the locals catch your bite to eat and relax on sandy, white beaches that make up hundreds of miles worth of coastline. Heading inland, you’ll find forests teeming with wildlife and towering mountain landscapes.
There have been several reports of guests suffering from Shigella at hotels in the Dominican Republic. This can cause holiday-makers to experience diarrhoea, vomiting and cramps which can continue even when you have returned home from your holiday. Shigella thrives in unhygienic conditions and is commonly found in toilet environments, on door knobs and toilet handles where faecal matter is spread. Food can also become contaminated if someone preparing it is infected with shigella, therefore in a hotel there is potential for shigella to spread quickly.
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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.