Travelers’ diarrhea is the single most important cause of illness among travelers. This can be caused due to contamination of food and water. Usually contamination is due to presence of virus, bacteria and parasites in your food and water. Infection due to E. coli, Salmonella, cholera or parasites may cause diarrhea, vomiting, fevers such as typhoid fever, toxoplasmosis or lead to liver damage or hepatitis. In order to avoid falling sick, ensure that your food and drinking water are safe.
While on travel to the Dominican Republic, you need to understand that public medical care is limited and hospitals expect immediate payment in cash for treatments and health services. The medicines are also quite expensive and hence it is a good idea to carry your own first aid medical kit while traveling. Don’t forget to bring along your doctor’s prescription as well.
Though private medical care is excellent here, it is very expensive and can be as expensive as in the US. Most hotels have a doctor, but it is better to contract a travel health insurance package that has an emergency repatriation included.
You can easily avoid traveler’s diarrhea by following the below tips while consuming food and water:
- Never drink water straight from the tap, use only sterilized water for drinking, brushing teeth and for making ice.
- Ensure that the meat and fish you eat are well-cooked and served hot.
- Vegetables should be properly cooked and fruits must be peeled.
- Remember that pork, salad and mayonnaise are risky food items and are better avoided.