October 01, 2002
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October 2002
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Resisting “Revenge”

Food-borne illnesses can quickly turn a dreamy getaway into a living nightmare. Fortunately, the World Health Organization (www.who.int) and the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) have posted some practical tips to keep travelers hale and hearty.

  • Before leaving for an overseas trip, ask your physician about any maladies lurking in the destination. In some instances, a vaccination might be advised.
  • Be careful when dining in developing countries. Avoid any uncooked food, except for fruits and vegetables with peels or shells. And be sure the prepared food you eat is piping hot. If left at room temperature for too long, cooked fare can be especially hazardous.
  • Even if you stick to bottled drinks, water on the surface of a beverage container might be contaminated. Wipe cans or bottles clean and dry before you begin drinking from them.
  • If you are traveling in the Pacific, be wary of dining on tropical-reef fish. Red snapper and sea bass can be toxic. It’s wise to pass on barracuda and puffer fish altogether.
  • • Bruce Myint

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