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Water and......d i a r r h e a!!! #120370
04/06/06 08:04 PM
04/06/06 08:04 PM
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kelly d Offline OP
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Hubby and I are going to AC in July. How careful must we be of drinking water? I DON'T want a lovely case of Montezuma's revenge, diarrhea, etc. (I work at a high school. You can't IMAGINE the euphemism's I know for "diarrhea"!) So.....avoid all water except bottled? Are ice cubes safe? Should we wash fruits and veggies in bottled water? What about a little splash in the mouth when showering??

Any other suggestions about health? Hubby is diabetic but healthy as a horse. I'm fat and healthy as a horse.....a fat horse!

Re: Water and......d i a r r h e a!!! #120371
04/06/06 08:26 PM
04/06/06 08:26 PM
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Mine Hill NJ
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We have never had a problem with the water, ice, or fruits and veggies. Belize is clean in that way, not like Mexico. Come and enjoy!!

Re: Water and......d i a r r h e a!!! #120372
04/06/06 09:09 PM
04/06/06 09:09 PM
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Stillwater, MN
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What about taking any medications before I go? I went to the doctor and they were recommending shots and medications for malaria. Should I have said yes to any of these? My boyfriend says to suck it up that I will be okay!!!!

Re: Water and......d i a r r h e a!!! #120373
04/06/06 09:55 PM
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kelly d Offline OP
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I've read that malaria meds are recommended, as well as a Hepatitis A vaccine. I used to work at a medical clinic that did "travel medicine", so I'll get some advice about what is necessary and what is just some huge pharmaceutical company trying to scare people into using their products.

Re: Water and......d i a r r h e a!!! #120374
04/06/06 10:44 PM
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Lacy, you do all that travelling without your Hep A (&B)? Haven't you had a tetanus shot?

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Re: Water and......d i a r r h e a!!! #120375
04/06/06 10:44 PM
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Post Falls, ID
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Our belief is always cover yourself. We got hep shots... which is something that is a good standard if you're planning on traveling to unsure areas. We also got the chloroquinine (I think) pills for malaria. Did that cause we spent time inland.

We had no problems with bugs at all... probably partially cause of the time of year we visited. We also ate, drank and played merrily and had no problem with the water. Bought bottled water to make sure we could always stay hydrated by having something to drink.

First timers impression? Absolutely no problems with any physical issues. And what a GREAT place to visit!

P.S. We did our first trip the last two weeks of October last year. Wilma was getting ready, and then actually blowing through, while we were there. I think this might have had something to do with the low bug count at the time.

Safe, wonderful and absolutely incredible trip! Go for it!!!!

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Re: Water and......d i a r r h e a!!! #120376
04/07/06 04:36 AM
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Middle Penninsula Virginia
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Lacy, when will you be in SP? Perhaps if we are there the same time we can meet up someplace??

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Re: Water and......d i a r r h e a!!! #120377
04/07/06 07:00 AM
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Some people have gotten sick by eating the outside of fruit (apples, oranges etc). Be safe and only drink bottled water. There is a reason bottled water is provided in your room.

Re: Water and......d i a r r h e a!!! #120378
04/07/06 07:24 AM
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We just got back a few weeks ago and had no problems. We bought some bottled water just because I knew my wife would not be comfortable drinking the tap water despite reassurance from people here. To prove the point I did drink plenty of tap water and ice. No problems at all. Bring some immodium just in case you are sensitive to different food etc.

Have a great time!

Re: Water and......d i a r r h e a!!! #120379
04/07/06 07:42 AM
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Carbondale Illinois USA
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My wife's doc says she needs hep A&B tetnnus ( all three should be taken anyway even if you arent traveling ) and typhoid is the typhoid really needed

p.s. Having just gotten out of the army I have been shot for every diease known to man hell i cant even give blood for 5 years

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