When travelling to developing countries, you need to be extra cautious because of the lack of proper sanitation in such countries. check with your local public health or doctor about precautions to avoid parasitic infections. These are other steps you can take to prevent parasitic infections while travelling abroad.
1.Maintain personal hygiene. Wash hands before eating and avoid raw foods or undercooked meat. Avoid fruits sold in street corners. Avoid salads and other raw vegetables. Cook your food at the right temperature so as to kill all germs
2.Avoid contaminated streams with feces Avoid stagnant water and swampy bushes. Mosquitoes like to stay in swampy bushes. Wear shoes while standing in stagnant water to prevent worms from entering your body
3.Before entering a place known to have malaria, 2 weeks before take antimalaria drugs prophylaxis. Go to your doctor or local public health department to obtain the drugs and information about how to take the drugs.
Tips & Warnings
- Get your stool and blood work tested for parasitic infections after international travel. Finish taking all the medication that the doctor prescribes
- You might find that it is easier to treat parasitic infections in developing countries than in developed countries because of the availability of drugs. For example, malaria symptoms in developed countries maybe interpreted for fever/flu and this can delay treatment. Make sure to inform your doctor about your international travel if you develop such symptoms