Health and Safety

Be Careful of What you Eat

While every student can expect at least one bout of traveler’s diarrhea, steps can be taken to reduce the frequency and severity of attacks. Consider the following tips:

  • Carefully wash all raw fruits and vegetables or peel accordingly.
  • Avoid raw or undercooked foods.
  • Drink bottled or boiled fluids (remember that ice cubes and water on the outside of the container may be contaminated)
  • Wipe off all surfaces that come in direct contact with your mouth.
  • Be wary of food being sold from street vendors. Food that is not well cooked can increase your risk of infection (i.e. hepatitis A and typhoid fever).
  • Avoid dairy products, unless you are certain it has been pasteurized.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially before eating a meal.
  • Avoid all herbal remedies or supplements, these can be very dangerous; even life-threatening.
It is best if you regularly use bottled or filtered water for brushing your teeth and drinking. An inexpensive alternative to bottled water is to purchase water sachets.