Uruguay warns of traveler’s diarrhea risk in some tourist destinations in Brazil


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Uruguay’s Ministry of Public Health has received information about an increase in diarrheal cases in some residents of some municipalities in Brazil that are regular tourist destinations. For this reason, it is appropriate that great care be taken to reduce the possibility of cases of traveler’s diarrhea from this or other destination.


Traveler’s diarrhea is a clinical syndrome associated with the consumption of contaminated food or water that can also result from bathing in unsafe water. The microorganisms that cause disease in most cases are viruses and bacteria, which increase in incidence in hot climates.

Symptoms are: diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting and fever. In most people, the disease does not usually cause serious illness and clears up on its own within one to five days after the onset of symptoms. It is important to keep in mind that children and the elderly are more susceptible to its effects.

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For all of the above, the Ministry of Public Health recommends the following:

1. Wash your hands frequently. If water is not available, you may choose to use an alcohol-based gel.

2. Drink only boiled or bottled water. Ice, baby food and formula should be prepared from boiled or bottled water.

3. Avoid unpasteurized milk and dairy products, including ice cream. Also foods prepared with raw eggs (eg, mayonnaise).

4. Pay attention to the cold chain and food storage, and check the expiration date on the package.

5. Avoid eating raw or undercooked meat, fish and shellfish.

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6. Ideally eat fruits and vegetables that can be peeled, such as bananas, oranges, and avocados.

7. Make sure the beach is authorized for bathing and avoid swimming pools, streams and lakes. When showering or bathing, avoid drinking water.

8. Clean containers or bottles before consuming them and always rinse them with bottled water. It is also important that they come sealed.

9. In the face of direct contact with a sick person, health care must be severe, do not share dishes, towels or bedding, and disinfect common spaces such as the kitchen and bathroom. (if you cohabitate)

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