Food- and water-borne diseases while travelling

While some diseases can be prevented through immunization, others require extra precautions on your part to safeguard your health. You may need to take preventive medications and adjust your behaviour to reduce your risk. It’s wise to follow the precautions below, even if you’ve been vaccinated or are taking medications to prevent disease. NOTE: Hand washing with soap under warm running water is one of the most important practices in preventing illness while travelling. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not readily available, so keep some in your pocket or purse.

Food- and water-borne diseases

Diseases such as hepatitis A and typhoid fever are transmitted when you consume contaminated food or water. Schistosomiasis, a parasitic illness, can be transmitted by skin contact in some tropical freshwater lakes, rivers or streams. Other infections can sometimes be transmitted in public bathing facilities, including water parks. When it comes to eating and drinking while abroad, remember:
  • Boil it, cook it, peel it or leave it! Eat only food that’s been well cooked and is still hot when served. Avoid uncooked foods (like shellfish and salads) and food from street vendors. Fruits and vegetables that can be peeled are usually safe to eat.
  • Avoid unpasteurized dairy products and ice cream.
  • Only drink and use ice made with purified water or commercially bottled water in sealed containers. Carbonated drinks are usually safe.
  • Brush your teeth with bottled water.
  • Wash your hands with soap under warm running water for at least 20 seconds, as often as possible, before eating or drinking. This is one of the best and easiest ways to prevent illness while travelling.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers if you’re not able to wash your hands. It’s a good idea to always have some with you when you travel.
  • Avoid swimming, wading, bathing or washing clothes in polluted or contaminated water.
Source: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/publications/well-on-your-way#food_and_water_borne_diseases   For reservation and information please contact Toronto Travel Agency Altair Travel416-633-9404

While some diseases can be prevented through immunization, others require extra precautions on your part to safeguard your health. You may need to take preventive medications and adjust your behaviour to reduce your risk. It’s wise to follow the precautions below, even if you’ve been vaccinated or are taking medications to prevent disease.

NOTE: Hand washing with soap under warm running water is one of the most important practices in preventing illness while travelling. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not readily available, so keep some in your pocket or purse.

Food- and water-borne diseases

Diseases such as hepatitis A and typhoid fever are transmitted when you consume contaminated food or water. Schistosomiasis, a parasitic illness, can be transmitted by skin contact in some tropical freshwater lakes, rivers or streams. Other infections can sometimes be transmitted in public bathing facilities, including water parks.

When it comes to eating and drinking while abroad, remember:

  • Boil it, cook it, peel it or leave it! Eat only food that’s been well cooked and is still hot when served. Avoid uncooked foods (like shellfish and salads) and food from street vendors. Fruits and vegetables that can be peeled are usually safe to eat.
  • Avoid unpasteurized dairy products and ice cream.
  • Only drink and use ice made with purified water or commercially bottled water in sealed containers. Carbonated drinks are usually safe.
  • Brush your teeth with bottled water.
  • Wash your hands with soap under warm running water for at least 20 seconds, as often as possible, before eating or drinking. This is one of the best and easiest ways to prevent illness while travelling.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers if you’re not able to wash your hands. It’s a good idea to always have some with you when you travel.
  • Avoid swimming, wading, bathing or washing clothes in polluted or contaminated water.

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/publications/well-on-your-way#food_and_water_borne_diseases

 

For reservation and information please contact Toronto Travel Agency Altair Travel416-633-9404

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