Turkey scores highest for tummy bugs abroad

Turkey scores highest for tummy bugs abroad

ONE Group, the UK’s leading independent travel claims and assistance provider, has revealed that Turkey had the highest prevalence of gastroenteritis claims last year.  This was followed by Egypt, the Dominican Republic and Spain.  Perhaps, surprisingly, the USA came fifth in the league table.

The findings from ONE Group’s travel insurance brand, insurewithease.com, suggest that while Turkey and Egypt have grown as a hot summer and winter destinations, travellers need to be cautious with food, drink and hygiene.

1.  TURKEY
2.  EGYPT
3.  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
4.  SPAIN
5.  USA
6.  UKRAINE
7.  BOLIVIA
8.  CYPRUS
9.  ISRAEL
10. EQ GUINEA

“Being struck by sudden illness can really ruin a holiday” confirmed Ian Gilmour, COO of ONE Group.  “It is therefore vital holidaymakers take precautions to minimise their risk of becoming ill, little things such as drinking bottled water and avoiding salad and ice cubes can make a big difference.

“Unfortunately, there is still a chance of fallling ill or having an accident, no matter how many precautions are taken and that’s where the value of a 24 hour medical emergency support team comes in.

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The insurewithease.com medical support team provided by ONE Group includes people speaking 15 different languages in the head office, as well as external agents, providing unrivalled support at a time of crisis.

“Whether they’re halfway round the world or just across the Channel, travellers want the security of knowing there is expert care and support in the event of illness or an accident” concludes Ian Gilmour.  “Even a short trip could end up costing thousands if someone falls ill or has an accident, so travelling with the right level of travel insurance cover with full assistance services is crucial for that added peace of mind.”