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Staying Healthy in Other Countries

Avoiding travelers' ills

(HealthDayNews) -- In June, the World Health Organization announced an outbreak of dengue fever in El Salvador. That's but one of a host of food and waterborne pests that international travelers should try to avoid.

Traveler's diarrhea can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites that can affect the food or water supply -- virtually worldwide. Infections may cause diarrhea and vomiting (E. coli, Salmonella, cholera, and parasites), fever (typhoid and toxoplasmosis), or liver damage (hepatitis).

Make sure you and your doctor discuss what precautions and medications you should take with you, based on your international destination.

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