Can I prevent traveler's diarrhea? continued...
Avoid eating food from street vendors where flies can
transmit bacteria and poor hygiene practices are more likely to contaminate
foods. If you purchase food at an outdoor market, make sure you boil it, cook
it thoroughly, or peel it before you eat it.
hand-washing is important in preventing the spread of
infectious diseases. Washing with treated water or using alcohol wipes or
antibacterial gels to disinfect your hands are good
ways to reduce your risk of getting an infectious disease.
with your doctor about antibiotics you can carry with you on your trip and
instructions on when to use them just in case you should develop
Other information sources
In the United States,
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains current
information on infectious diseases around the world. Local health departments
can access this information to help you determine what prevention measures—such
as vaccines, antimalarial medicine, or supplies to treat water—are appropriate
for the area of the world you are traveling to. The CDC also offers a
Traveler's Health Hotline at (404) 332-4559. The CDC website
(wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx) also updates information for travelers.
Resources for medical care in a foreign country
include embassies or consulates and major hotels. For English-speaking
travelers, multinational corporations or credit card companies also may have
referrals for local medical care in the foreign country.