The top 10 holiday destinations for... food poisoning

Word to the wise: pay careful attention to your plate before eating at a resort in Hurghada, Egypt.

The Daily Mail reports that tourists can sometimes bring back more than they bargained for from their vacations. According to the British newspaper, the site Sickholiday.com has been ranking the top 10 destinations for food poisoning, with Hurghada, Egypt coming in first.

After steering its industry back into the favors of worldwide travelers, the Egyptian tourism bureau might have to work overtime to counter the effects of a recent ranking putting successful Red Sea resort destination Hurghada first in food poisoning cases since the start of of 2017. The ranking was compiled by British site Sickholiday.com, which helps travelers who've spent their holidays in hotel bathrooms get compensation from their tour operators. 

According to the study, conducted in collaboration with a British lab which specializes in food-borne illnesses, 380 cases of food poisonings in Hurghada were reported to Sickholiday.com, winning it the dubious distinction of coming in first in the matter.

Elsewhere, tourists seem to be getting out-of-the-ordinary culinary experiences in Punta Cana, Dominican Repulic, with 211 cases, and on Mexico's Riviera Maya, with 182 reports. Travelers to the land of the Maya should have a long look at their plates before digging in -- Cancun comes in fifth with 95 food poisonings. Tourists are often victims of bacteria like E. coli and salmonella when the cold chain has been broken, such as when food sits too long under the tropical sun. 

And while Europeans opting to head southward to Spain may think they are immune to the phenomenon, it turns out that the islands of Mallorca and Benidorm had 66 and 62 cases reported cases, respectively. 

Here are the Top 10 destinations for food poisonings in 2017 and 2018: 

1. Hurghada, Egypt

2. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

3. Riviera Maya, Mexico

4. Antalya, Turkey

5. Cancun, Mexico

6. Boa Vista, Cap Vert

7. Marrakech, Morocco

8. Sal, Cape Verde

9. Mallorca, Spain

10. Benirdorm, Spain