Gastroenteritis is fairly frequent in Cambodia

Three recent episodes demonstrate that food poisoning can occur in many ways in Cambodia. In one event, 570 Cambodian people, mostly children, developed acute gastroenteritis after consuming bread filled with meat and cheese at an event sponsored by World Vision in Chhi Kreng district in Siem Reap. Cucumbers that were contaminated with insecticide were identified as the source of the illness.

In Cambodia, food safety regulations are lax. In January, about 25 school children in Takeo province became ill after eating fried rice at a food stall. In October last year, around 283 people, mostly children and women, suffered diarrhea and vomiting after having traditional noodle soup at an engagement party in central Kampong Thom province.

Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to the many germs and contaminates found in food and water that cause intestinal illness (such as cholera, E.coli, salmonella, and many viruses and insecticides) by following food and water recommendations. Avoid food and beverages sold by street vendors. Practise careful personal hygiene with frequent hand washing.

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