One in two travellers ill because of dirty water

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More than half of all travellers are getting ill through drinking dirty water abroad, according to statistics from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. Diarrhoea is the most common illness resulting from contaminated water, affecting up to 50 per cent of all international travellers.

Other commonly associated symptoms with poor drinking water are nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, bloating and fever. High-risk destinations are the developing countries of Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.There are some serious illnesses which can be contracted from contaminated water including Cholera, Dysentery, Giardiasis and Typhoid.

Experts are now advising that if travellers want to be confident their drinking water is safe, they should adopt precautions such as disinfecting, or boiling it. There are portable UV light devises on the market that can also purify water, but it still needs to be free of any nasty particulate materials.

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