October 21, 2018

Spring Break? The CDC Has Two Words For You: Travelers’ Diarrhea

food-water-whats-saferIf you’re traveling for spring break, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants you to remember that eating or drinking sketchy fare can give you “travelers’ diarrhea.” To help spring breakers reduce the risk of spending their vacations in a hotel bathroom, the agency has compiled some tips.

Foods that get the thumbs up: food that is cooked and served hot, hard cooked eggs, fruits and veggies that you have washed with clean bottled water or that can be peeled. Foods to avoid: food served at room temperature, food from street vendors, raw, soft-cooked or runny eggs,  raw or rare fish or meat, exotic meats such as monkey, bats or wild game, salads, salsa or other condiments made with fresh ingredients, vegetables that have not been cooked, washed or peeled, flavored ice or popsicles and unpasteurized dairy products.

Stay away from fountain drinks, well water and tap water,  ice made with tap water, drinks made from tap water such as reconstituted juices and raw milk. Safer beverage choices are canned or bottled carbonated beverages, hot coffee or tea and pasteurized milk.

When swimming, bathing or brushing teeth avoid getting water in your nose or mouth. Use bottled water to brush your teeth.


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