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Spain tops illness list for Britons

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Spain leads a list of countries in which British tourists are most likely to fall sick, followed by Greece and Egypt, results from a survey have shown.

A poll of around 3,000 people by health product Bimuno found that one-fifth of holidaymakers travelling to Spain complained of stomach ache and other ailments.

Seven out of 10 Britons reported sickness when travelling overseas, with 40% suffering from diarrhoea, 20% afflicted by food poisoning and 10% down with sunstroke.

Three-quarters of the respondents admitted over-indulging on local cuisine, while a fifth reported having an accident while on holiday.

While fears of falling ill made 25% of the subjects avoid overseas travel altogether, around 22% did not take the required jabs and 25% did not find travel insurance necessary at all.

According to the survey, 27% of the tourists had to visit a doctor while away and 64% said they relied on English-speaking doctors and pharmacists in a foreign country.

France, Turkey, USA, Africa, India, Dominican Republic and Cyprus made up the remainder of the top 10 countries where Britons are most likely to fall ill.

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