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Health Tip: Make Water Safe While You're Traveling

Boiling and iodine tablets give the best results

(HealthDay News) -- If you're planning a trip to a place where the water may not be safe to drink, here are some suggestions from the U.S. government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • The best solution is to bring bottled water if you know you'll be in an area where water may not be pure.
  • Boil water for one minute to kill bacteria, parasites and viruses. Boil for three minutes at higher altitudes. The CDC recommends adding a pinch of salt for each quart you boil to make the water taste better.
  • Disinfect water with iodine tablets or crystalline iodine (both can be found at sporting goods stores), following manufacturer's suggestions.
  • Use a portable water filter -- but you may need to follow up with a chemical disinfectant.
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