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Health and Medical Tips

To stay healthy, do...

* Wash hands often with soap and water.
* Drink only bottled or boiled water, or carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles. Avoid tap water, fountain drinks, and ice cubes.
* Eat only thoroughly cooked food or fruits and vegetables you have peeled yourself. Remember: boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it.
* If you are going to visit areas where there is risk for malaria, take your malaria prevention medication before, and after travel.
* Protect yourself from insects by remaining in well-screened areas, using mosquito nets, and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants from dusk through dawn.
* To prevent fungal and parasitic infections, keep feet clean and dry, and do not go barefoot.

More Health tips

* Don’t eat food purchased from street vendors.
* Don’t drink beverages with ice.
* Don’t eat dairy products unless you know they have been pasteurized.
* Long-sleeved shirt and long pants to wear while outside whenever possible, to prevent illnesses carried by insects (e.g., malaria, dengue, filariasis, leishmaniasis, and onchocerciasis).
* Prescription medications: make sure you have enough to last during your trip, as well as a copy of the prescription(s).

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