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Take Safety Precautions While Assess your potential exposure to decide • Alcohol gel skin sanitizer • Drink carbonated bottled water Traveling whether or not to carry malaria treatment • Pack of tissues & small pack of paper or soda if unsure about quality of tablets with you. towels ( for drying hands) drinking water. Most travel-related diseases can be prevented and when diagnosed, easily Hepatitis is the most common viral illness Food and Water Safety Avoid These High Risk Foods: treated. According to WHO’s you need to avoid. While not usually When traveling it’s important to practice • Any food from street vendors or International Travel Health Guide the fatal, hepatitis A can foil the best planned food and water safety “smarts”. To do so market stalls. major causes of illness while traveling vacation and lead to weeks or months lost follow these guidelines for foods that • Leafy or uncooked vegetables and are: from work. Hepatitis A vaccine is highly should be save to eat and avoid those that salads. • Diarrhea effective in preventing contraction of the are high risk foods. • Undercooked, raw, or cold meat, • Malaria virus. Make sure to get your vaccination seafood, or fish. • Hepatitis before your trip. If you are exposed to Safe to Eat: • Unpasteurized dairy products hepatitis A during your trip you can get • Eat at restaurants that are known to such as cheese, yogurt, ice cream, Traveler’s diarrhea: This is the most another vaccine and it is important to use cater to foreigners (such as larger or milk. common malady affecting travelers. good hygiene, sanitation, and food safety hotels or restaurants) or that are • Cold sauces such as mayonnaise, There's a 35%-60% chance that you practices. specifically known by other foreigners salad dressing, chutneys, or will get a bout of travelers' diarrhea to be safe. Lonely Planet and other salsas, which are usually raw and during a month-long trip to a Pack a First Aid Kit travel guides are great references. may be made by hand. developing country. Paying careful • Survey the scene—if the restaurant • Buffet foods unless you know attention to safe food and drink You can never be too cautious, looks dirty in the dining area or the they are fresh and have been kept guidelines will reduce your risk. particularly when traveling somewhere restroom, you can assume poor steaming hot. Avoid buffets Prompt treatment with antibiotics with limited medical facilities. Make sanitation in the kitchen as well. where there are no food covers or stops most cases of diarrhea. room in your bags for a simple first aid • Eat foods that are well-cooked and fly controls. kit. 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