Health Tips & Articles for Travel in South America
Seen throughout the local markets in Tupiza, Boliva (where there are food stalls) is the poster to the right: Stop Cholera!
Advice offered in Spanish is to:
- Wash your hands - after you use the bathroom and before and after you eat.
- Eat only cooked foods, drink only purified water and use only purified water to make ice and drinks.
- Keep your cooking and food preparation areas clean, wash fruits and vegetables well with purified water.
- Empty trash bins regularily to prevent proliferation of flys, clean cleaning materials.
The final advice written at the bottom of the poster is to drink oral rehydrating solution if you experience frequent, watery diarrhea and visit the local medical clinic for care.
Public education directed at those who handle and prepare food yet excellent health safety tips for any South American traveler to follow as well; to prevent cholera as well as a multitude of other transmittable diseases.
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