Gastroenteritis (food poisoning) is common problem in Madero, Tamaulipas, Mexico

Approximately 15 children are seen in the local hospital every day for dehydration due to diarrhoea. Many viruses and bacteria can cause sever gastroenteritis (nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhoea). Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to the many germs that cause intestinal illness (such as cholera, E.coli, salmonellosis, traveller's diarrhoae, and many others) by avoiding consumption of contaminated food and water (especially when sold by street vendors) and by practising careful personal hygiene with frequent hand washing. The risk is low for travellers who follow food and water safety precautions.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Food and Water Contamination and Traveller's Diarrhoea.

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