Last updateFri, 04 Jul 2014 2pm

Watch what, where you eat

There’s a less welcome aspect of spring that sneaks in with Jalisco’s sunshine and heat. Gastro-intestinal illnesses are the second most common reason for seeking medical attention, in both Jalisco and Mexico. And the microbes that cause them thrive in the season’s warmer temperatures.

An extreme example, cholera (caused by Vibrio cholerae), can cause vomiting, diarrhea, rapid dehydration and death. Fortunately, you are unlikely to contract the disease. This, however, does not mean that common cousins like stomach flu, food-born microbes and other contaminants can’t have the same debilitating impact. Dehydration, especially in this climate, is extremely serious. Spare yourself a great deal of suffering with some basic prevention.

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