In the past, many outbreaks of disease in the western world were the result of poor sanitation and inadequate water supplies. Thanks to our modern infrastructure, these types of outbreaks are now extremely rare.
This isn’t always the case in other regions of the world. Many countries across the globe do not have the same sanitary standards that we’ve grown accustomed here in the UK, including many popular holiday spots.
Seasoned travellers know that they have to be vigilant about the food they eat and the water they drink. Otherwise, they’re at risk of exposure to several types of diseases as well as the ever-dreaded travellers’ diarrhoea.
Potential diseases found in contaminated food and water:
- Hepatitis A
- Typhoid fever
Safe Eating Habits for Travellers
Foods that are generally safe to eat when you’re travelling include foods that have been thoroughly cooked through and are served very hot. Cooking food at high temperatures kills off most of the potential contaminants as long as you eat it right away.
Note that this doesn’t always apply to street food because those preparing the food may not have access to handwashing facilities. If you do eat street food, make sure you have watched it being prepared and you eat it steaming hot as soon as it’s ready to be served.
Pre-packaged, dry foods that have been factory sealed should be safe if they haven’t been opened.
You should avoid:
- Raw produce
- Raw meat
- Raw seafood
Safe Drinking Habits for Travellers
Bottled and canned drinks are some of the safest beverages to drink when abroad. Be sure to examine the seals on any bottled drinks to make sure it hasn’t been tampered with. Carbonated beverages may give you more peace of mind because they only retain their bubbles if they have remained factory sealed.
Before drinking from a bottle or can, wipe off the tops so that any germs are cleaned off before you put your mouth on the drink.
Hot drinks should be fine to drink, even after they’ve cooled down. You should only be cautious if the drink is served lukewarm.
In terms of contamination, alcohol is safe to drink as well. Feel free to enjoy a tipple as long as there’s no ice in it!
You should avoid:
- Tap water, even when brushing your teeth
- Freshly squeezed juice
- Unbottled soft drinks
Typhoid Vaccination in Streatham, Hanwell, and Camberley
Many diseases found in contaminated food and water can be prevented with vaccinations, like typhoid fever. You should book in for a vaccination appointment before travelling to a region where these types of diseases are prevalent.
Touchwood Pharmacy’s typhoid vaccination clinic in Hanwell, Streatham, and Camberley can provide you with information, advice, and vaccinations to keep you safe on your travels. Contact us or book online for typhoid fever vaccination in Streatham and surrounding areas.