I have just returned from a 10 night holiday in Dubai and unfortunately I came home with Dysentery!
My symptoms began 2 days before we were due to fly home. I was extremely ill with a fever and very severe diarrhoea, no vomiting but very nauseous. The thought of the 7 hour flight home terrified me (given my need to be near a toilet!) but we managed to get some Immodium and the flight was uneventful!
However, all the symptoms returned within a few hours of being at home and I saw my GP. I'm very glad I did as she prescribed me some antibiotics and felt it necessary for a test to be done to determine what was causing my illness.
The result came back and it was confirmed as Shigella, better known as Dysentery. We have absolutely no idea how or where I contracted this illness, it could've been at any restaurant we ate at or the hotel swimming pool/jacuzzi.
I did contact the Dubai Municipality explaining that I had contracted Dysentery, but have not yet received a reply, which is disappointing, especially as I've had to fill in a 4 page questionnaire for my own local health authority!
It was a very unfortunate end to a really lovely holiday in Dubai!