Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from two readers, both of whom chimed in to add to Wednesday’s tip about gastroenteritis:
From reader C. Hess: “Gastroenteritis is a generic term for a stomach infection; what is commonly called a ‘stomach bug,’ which can be several organisms…’Delhi belly,’ ‘Montezuma’s Revenge,’ the norovirus that has affected cruise ships, etc. Generally not fatal, unless it there were other factors and/or somehow it got into the blood & caused sepsis. This was specifically E. coli infection, which is much more virulent than the more common bugs…although it could be argued that due to overuse (& misuse) of antibiotics, organisms are getting stronger. No matter what the cause, your advice is sound. After working endoscopy for three years I stopped eating sushi (unless cooked, like eel), now have meat medium or medium well, LOL.”
And from reader Haidang N.: “I always bring Ciprofloxacin (cipro) antibiotics with me in case I get an upset stomach and that would do the trick. If the woman in the story had E. coli the cipro would have taken care of it. Terrible story thanks for sharing.”
It’s important to note that you should speak to a medical professional before using an antibiotic. Cipro won’t help with all gastroenteritis (like that caused by norovirus), nor is it proven effective against E. coli every time. It’s nonetheless a great thing to have in your bag, so long as you consult a doctor before using it. Thanks for the insight, both!
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