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Turkey scores highest for tummy bugs abroad

16th March 2010 Print

With less than one month to go to the Easter break, families will be starting to plan their trips abroad. Based on the latest research from leading travel insurance website,, packing tummy settlers, as well as making sure their travel insurance is up to date, should definitely be included on the ‘to do’ list.

Analysis of claims made by policyholders in 2009 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.

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 Sarah Taylor, Online Marketing Manager, “We encourage holidaymakers to take precautions to minimise their risk of becoming ill, little things such as drinking bottled water and avoiding ice cubes can make a big difference. Unfortunately, there is still a chance you may fall ill or have an accident, no matter how many precautions you take whilst you’re away. That is where our 24 hour medical emergency support team comes in”.

In the event of a medical emergency,’s support team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They can help you arrange the medical care you need, and if necessary repatriation back to the UK. The medical support team includes people speaking 15 different languages in the head office, as well as external agents, providing unrivalled support at a time of crisis.

“Whether you’re halfway round the world or just across the Channel, you want the security of knowing there is expert care and support in the event of illness or an accident” continued Sarah Taylor. “At we understand the stress and anxiety of falling ill far away from home and are there to provide the support that you need.”

“ offers a range of flexible policies, all in a matter of clicks. 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 is crucial for that added peace of mind.”

The Gold Policy provides a full range of benefits for single trip and annual multi-trip cover, including:

• Cover for unlimited trips throughout the year on annual policies (maximum 45 days)
• Cover for single trips up to 3 months
• Cover available for winter sports, golf, business and wedding
• Free cover for children under 18 on single trip policies
• Excess waiver option
• 24-hour worldwide emergency medical assistance
• Text message service providing policy number and emergency assistance details

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