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Health Tip: Prevent Traveler's Diarrhea

-- Traveler's diarrhea is a common complaint among international travelers who drink water and eat foods that harbor unfamiliar germs.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these preventive suggestions:

  • Don't drink tap water, brush your teeth with tap water or use ice made from it.
  • Drink only bottled water; make sure all package seals are intact.
  • If you eat or drink dairy products, make sure they're pasteurized.
  • Avoid eating any vegetables and fruits that are uncooked.
  • Make sure all meat and fish is thoroughly cooked.
  • Never eat food from street vendors.
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Posted: May 2010