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Food and Water Precautions

People traveling in underdeveloped countries take far too many chances with food and water. Do not be complacent! Follow these guidelines to the letter.

The rules are:

1. Do not drink water unless it is bottled, boiled, or chemically disinfected.
2. Do not accept and drink water from local residents - ever!
3. Do not drink beverages with ice unless you personally make the ice following rule number 1.
4. Do not eat cooked foods that are no longer hot.
5. Do not eat raw or undercooked meat or fish.
6. Do not eat barracuda, red snapper, grouper, sea bass or amberjack. They can contain toxins.
7. Do not buy or consume food from street vendors.
8. Do not consume unpasteurized milk or ice cream. If it isn't commercially produced don't consume it.
9. Do not eat fruits or vegetables unless they have been peeled or cooked.
10. Do not consume homemade alcohol, particularly Zed.

Diseases from drinking contaminated water:

Guinea Worm (dracunculiasis)

Cholera

Cryptosporidiosis

Typhoid Fever

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