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Avoid Traveler's Diarrhea

When visiting areas with poor sanitation, avoid traveler’s diarrhea by taking extra precautions with water and food


1. Consider the following safe to drink: commercially bottled water with an unbroken seal, canned or bottled carbonated drinks, beverages made with vigorously boiled water, and wine and beer in their original containers.
2. Check seals on water bottles carefully; if the seal has been tampered with, the bottle may have been refilled with tap water.
3. Wipe off the lip of any bottle or can before drinking or pouring from it.
4. Consider non disposable glasses and cups unsanitary; drink from original containers and use sanitary straws, or carry your own cups.
5. Boil untreated water to purify it. Use both a filter and iodine tablets if bottled or boiled water is not available.
6. Avoid ice, fruit juice and any drinks made with tap water, such as mixed drinks or lemonade.
7. Brush your teeth with bottled water, and make sure to rinse your toothbrush with bottled water. Try not to swallow water when taking a shower.
8. Avoid any foods that may be rinsed in water, including salads, raw fruits and raw vegetables. Also stay away from dairy products if there’s a question about pasteurization
9. Eat meat, poultry and fish only if they are well cooked, and make sure that cooked food is served hot. Some fish from contaminated waters may be toxic even after cooking; if there is any doubt, do without.


  • Traveler’s diarrhea, which is usually caused by consuming feces-contaminated water or food, may clear up by itself. But if it is very watery and lasts for several days, or if you are vomiting and have a fever, seek medical care; it may be a sign of a more serious infection.
  • If you choose to eat raw fruits and vegetables, peel them
  • For boiling water, consider purchasing an immersion coil. If you are traveling to a foreign country, you may also need to purchase a plug adapter and current converter


  • If you have any questions or concerns, contact a physician or other health care professional before engaging in any activity related to health and diet. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.

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