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Food Poisoning: Meet the Bugs
There is nothing like an episode of food poisoning that can wreck one's trip, change priorities, or--if it takes more than two days--even reconsider one's view on euthanasia. I have been there many times, either myself or in spirit with other people. Yes, there was the cheap sushi in New York, the grocery store pre-cut water melon in Portland, the chicken satay in Amsterdam, the sandwich at Arby's, and the Lord-knows-what in Egypt (this one lasted for weeks and I contemplated death several times).
Because I like to know my enemy, I enjoyed this article on ivillage.co.uk entitled "How to avoid food poisoning while travelling". Most of the tips are quite obvious, although often hard to fully control: washing your hands, avoiding tap water (ice, fresh vegetables washed in fresh water), avoiding uncooked meat and unpasteurized milk, etc. The piece I found interesting is the description of the different "bugs" and their symptoms: Norovirus, E-coli (see picture), Salmonella, Campylobacter and Bacillus cereus. The little buggers look so harmless on screen...