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What precautions should I take with food to avoid traveler's diarrhea?

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  • Food should be selected with care. Foods you should avoid include: Salads
  • Uncooked vegetables and fruit
  • Unpasteurized milk and dairy products
  • Raw meat and shellfish

Food that has been cooked and is still hot is usually safe. Some fish is not guaranteed to be safe, even when cooked, because of the presence of toxins in its flesh. Tropical reef fish, red snapper, amberjack, grouper, and sea bass can occasionally be toxic at unpredictable times if they are caught on tropical reefs rather than in the open ocean. The barracuda and puffer fish are often toxic and should generally not be eaten. Seafood from the islands of the West Indies and the tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans should be avoided, as it is more likely to contain toxins.

From: Traveler's Diarrhea WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 6, 2019
Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 6, 2019

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