This is very common, especially in hot regions. Diarrhea and diseases, such as cholera, typhoid, and hepatitis, can caught from contaminated food and water, wherever you are in the world. We state this not to frighten you, but rather to make you aware and help you avoid such diseases by taking simple precautions:
- Always wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet.
- Wash your hands before handling food and before eating.
- When in doubt about water quality (for drinking, washing food, or brushing teeth), use bottled water, sterilize it, or boil it.
- You may carry water purification tablets as an extra precaution.
- Ice in your drink may be tempting, but avoid it unless you are sure it is made from safe water. This includes ice used to keep food cool and ice in drinks. We will keep an eye on this for food/snacks we provide.
- Avoid food sitting out for a long time or kept warm.
- Avoid raw food, unless you can peel or shell it yourself.
- Avoid ice cream, juices, and snacks from kiosks.
For additional information, please see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.