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There are things you can do to try to avoid any other health problems when you're travelling.
Wherever you are in the world, be careful about what you eat and drink. If you have a stoma you can get specific advice from your stoma care nurse specialist, the Colostomy Association| or the IA The Ileostomy and Internal Pouch Support Group|.
Many infectious diseases are spread by contaminated food and water. This includes water in swimming pools, lakes, rivers and the sea, so try not to swallow water when you’re swimming.
In some countries, diseases can be spread by insects and ticks. Use insect repellents (preferably one containing DEET - diethyltoluamide), and cover your arms and legs with appropriate clothing, especially if you are walking in grassy or wooded areas.
Animal bites can lead to infection, and may even cause death. It’s important to be careful even with apparently tame animals. Rabies is present in many countries, including most of Europe and North America. If you are bitten, it’s essential to see a doctor immediately for treatment.
In some countries, diseases can be spread by insects and ticks. Always use insect repellent (preferably containing DEET - diethyltoluamide), and cover your arms and legs with appropriate clothing (especially if you're walking in grassy or wooded areas).
Animal bites can lead to dangerous infections. It’s important to be careful, even with apparently tame animals. The animals in many regions, including most of Europe and North America, can carry rabies. If you are bitten, clean the wound carefully with soap and water, apply an antiseptic if you can and see a doctor immediately.
Content last reviewed: 1 October 2011
Next planned review: 2013
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