Female doctor using ipad while working in hospitalDid you know that travelers’ diarrhea is the most common health problem to affect travelers in other countries? Between 20-60% of travellers are affected. Contaminated food and water can spread a number of different diseases such as typhoid, hepatitis A and cholera. Here’s some tips to help avoid these health problems:

Regular Hand Washing

Always wash your hands after using public facilities like restrooms and gas stations. Items like hand sanitizer and wet wipes are a suitable replacement when you’re not able to properly wash your hands

Avoid Contaminated Water

Not all parts of the world have the same technology to properly filter water like we do in the United States. Drinks that are typically made with boiling water like tea or coffee are usually safe to drink. Drinks served also in unopened containers or bottles are safe to drink as well. Beware of fake water bottles and any product that appears to be altered or tampered with.

If you need to sanitize your water, it needs to be boiled for at least 1 minute or longer to ensure you get rid of any water borne bacteria.

Ice should also be avoided because it is typically made from unfiltered tap water.

Avoid Contaminated Food

When selecting pre-prepared food, try to pick food that is served cooked and as warm as possible.

Try to eat fruits that you can peel yourself like an orange or a banana. The outer skin can help protect from bacteria.

Ensure all dairy products are pasteurized.

  • Common Types of Potentially Unsafe Food
    • Salads
    • Raw fruits and vegetables
    • Food exposed to insects
    • Buffets
    • Undercooked or raw meat and fish
    • Reheated food
    • Unpasteurized milk and dairy products

Before leaving to go out of the country, a traveler should consult with a physician.

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