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10 Tips to Prevent Traveler's Diarrhea

Travelers diarrhea is one of most common travel-related illness, affecting about 10 million people who travel every year. The most common cause is bacteria from water contaminated with feces.

It's most common in low resource countries with the highest risk is in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

 

Here are 10 ways to help prevent travelers’ diarrhea.

 

  1. Don’t trip the tap water. Drink only bottled water and beverages.
  2. Avoid ice that may be made with tap water. Don’t forget those drinks made with crushed ice, the one’s with the little umbrellas in them.
  3. Use bottled water to brush your teeth, not the tap water. If you contaminate the tooth brush by mistake, get a new one.
  4. Avoid fruit that may have been cleaned with tap water. Peel it yourself carefully avoiding contact with what’s on the outside with what’s on the inside.
  5. Vegetables should be thoroughly cooked. So that means no salads or lettuce and tomato on a sandwich.
  6. Do a fly count. If your food is being buzzed by flies, avoid it. You don’t know where those flies just came from.
  7. Be cautious with street vendor food. Look around at how clean the area looks. Food should be thoroughly cooked and piping hot.
  8. Avoid undercooked meat or fish.
  9. Wash your hands, ideally with soap and water. IF soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer. But soap and water kills more stuff, even washing in water you can’t drink. Dry thoroughly.
  10. Check out the free app from the app store or google play  called “Can I Eat This? from the CDC.

 

 

Want to learn more about self-treatment of travelers’ diarrhea check out our online CE programs.

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