Monday, November 30, 2015

Despite pre-travel advice, people getting just as ill

You've heard all the advice, I am sure. Drink bottled water, don't eat street food, eat fruit with an intact peel only, on and on.

But, despite all this, researchers at the Umea University in Sweden say, people are getting sick at the same rate they always did, risk-taking younger people the most, older people the least.

Diarrhea and respiratory diseases lead the list.

Health care students got sick the most often, despite the most advice beforehand. They took more risks and encountered resistant bacteria.

One reason given for the fairly constant rate of illness among travelers was poor restaurant hygiene. Guess you can't count on everything being boiled to a fare-thee-well.

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