Travel Health

When travelling there are steps you can take to minimize the risk of food poisoning. Here are the recommendations published by the World Health Organization:

 

1 Keep clean

Remember to wash your hands often (with soap and water) and always before handling and consuming food.


2Get vaccinated

Hepatitis A infection is common throughout the world, associated with consumption of contaminated food and water. Ask your doctor for a vaccination against Hepatitis A that can keep you safe for years.


3Bottled water

It is the safest choice for drinking but always check the seal to see if it has been tampered with. When the safety of drinking water is doubtful, bring it to a vigorous boil. Beverages which are either bottled or otherwise packaged are usually safe to drink. 


4Choose safe food

Ice cream, drinking water, ice cubes and raw milk can easily be contaminated with disease causing bacteria. Peel all fruits and vegetables if eaten raw. 


5Separate raw and cooked

It is essential that raw food does not come into contact with cooked food or the juices from cooked food. Keep that in mind when buying cooked food from street vendors or from buffets in hotels and restaurants.