What actions can reduce the risk of amebiasis in travelers to endemic areas?

Updated: Jul 19, 2019
  • Author: Vinod K Dhawan, MD, FACP, FRCPC, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Individuals traveling to endemic areas should be advised on practices that minimize the risk of amebiasis, such as the following:

  • Avoid drinking contaminated water; use bottled water while traveling if possible

  • If local water is to be drunk, purify it by (a) boiling it for more than 1 minute, (b) using 0.22 µm filtration, or (c) iodinating it with tetraglycine hydroperiodide

  • Avoid eating raw fruits and salads, which are difficult to sterilize; eat only cooked food or self-peeled fruits if possible

  • Wash uncooked vegetables and soak them in acetic acid or vinegar for 10-15 minutes


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