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Vacationing Without the Trots

Avoiding traveler's diarrhea

(HealthDayNews) -- The next time you're in the land of Montezuma's Revenge, think before you drink.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these tips for avoiding traveler's diarrhea: Boiled water, coffee or tea made with boiled water, canned or bottled carbonated drinks, beer and wine are all generally safe. You can disinfect water chemically with either iodine or chlorine, and kits that come with instructions can be found in sporting goods stores and pharmacies.

Don't think you're safe just because the water's OK, however. The container it's served in may have contaminated water on its surface. Make sure to wipe any area of a can or bottle that will touch your mouth.

Two more caveats: Don't add ice to your drink; it could be made from unsafe water. And don't brush your teeth with tap water.

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