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Don't drink the water? #293858
08/19/08 11:22 AM
08/19/08 11:22 AM
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carbunkletrumpet Offline OP
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This came up yesterday as a friend of mine who is considering a trip down to SP asked if the water was ok to drink. I explained that we have never had a problem as they use rain and well water and I can brush my teeth, drink some water from time to time but I prefer the bottled water as it is colder and tastes better. This led onto a discussion about Mexico and its reputation of Montezuma’s revenge to vacationers. I have visited Mexico many times and also never gotten sick as I eat in restaurants, drink drinks with ice in it, and brushed my teeth.

My question is what is it that makes visitors to Mexico (or other countries not trying to give Mex a bad rap) sick? Is it the water, an area that can not use rain water or bad beer/tequila or a combo of all of them?

But why eat my vegetables I already know that I am short!
Re: Don't drink the water? [Re: carbunkletrumpet] #293865
08/19/08 12:37 PM
08/19/08 12:37 PM
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From what I've read the cause is almost always the result of contaminated water and it's almost always contamination from fecal matter due to a lack of adequate sanitation. There are probably lots of different pathogens that cause those kinds of problems but I think e coli is pretty much the most common, followed by salmonella. Everybody's immune system is different. My folks go to Mexico a lot and my dad loves the street venders. My poor mom seems to get sick every time they go! I've only ever gotten sick once while traveling and it was in Morocco. We were told to be especially careful of eggs or mayo because of no refrigeration, but when the hotel served fried eggs at breakfast they just looked so good...

I can never remember which is better . . . safe? . . . or sorry?
Re: Don't drink the water? [Re: Leah-Ann] #293866
08/19/08 01:54 PM
08/19/08 01:54 PM
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Louisville, Kentucky
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One can drink the water anywhere the British have been. Heard that all my life.

Re: Don't drink the water? [Re: ubbit] #293869
08/19/08 02:09 PM
08/19/08 02:09 PM
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Not properly washed vegetables, because of the "type" fertilizer used, is sometimes more of the cause than the water.

Re: Don't drink the water? [Re: bywarren] #293911
08/19/08 06:58 PM
08/19/08 06:58 PM
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Caye Caulker, Belize
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I brush my teeth with our well water on Caye Caulker. My husband, who is from Caye Caulker, was born and raised here, is horrified by my practice and uses purified water.

Re: Don't drink the water? [Re:] #293912
08/19/08 06:59 PM
08/19/08 06:59 PM
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Caye Caulker, Belize
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BTW, I would never willingly DRINK the water.

Re: Don't drink the water? [Re: carbunkletrumpet] #294530
08/24/08 11:11 PM
08/24/08 11:11 PM
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Dan Carey Offline
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you know what W.C. Fields said. He never drank water due to the discusting things that fish do in it.


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