"Travelers diarrhea, etc." Top 5 Page for this destination Mexico Warnings Or Dangers Tip by melosh

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Since bad diarrhea can ruin a vacation, it does pay to use some caution with what you eat or drink. Street food is great when hot or just cooked but fruit and vegetables that you do not peel yourself do present a risk. The risk of these items is less when you get them from a high class tourist hotel tourist/restaurant. Still, I would recommend that you be cautious with salads left exposed for a long time on buffets or from places where the hygiene might be suspect.

Water from old piping, street faucets or rivers and streams should be avoided, but with bottled water in easily carried sizes readily available this is easy to do. (I am old enough to remember when one had to drink sodas or beer to be safe.) I think the day of the large water bottle at the drinking fountain being refilled with ordinary untreated tap water is long gone in Mexico. Many high class hotels have purified water systems that provide drinking water to their rooms, just do not get confused on which tap is safe.

Also to be considered is high altitude, excessive drinking or eating and exhaustion as things that can increase your risks.

Not everyone exposed to the risks will suffer, so testimonials from people who never have experienced a problem do not prove anything. Even I, who have an iron stomach when it comes to Mexican food and water, will tend to avoid salads on a brief vacation to Mexico. Good luck.

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  • Written Feb 11, 2008
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