Infection risk is higher in (sub)tropical countries than in Western countries. Apply the following general measures to reduce the risk:
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap after using the toilet and before eating. Use an alcohol-based gel if soap and water are not available.
Ensure that other people do not cough in your face. When coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue and throw it in the rubbish bin straight away.
Food and drinks
Follow the measures to ensure safe consumption of food and drinks.
Wash any wounds and insect bites that have been scratched open with soap and water. Then disinfect these wounds with iodopovidone (e.g Isobetadine) or chlorhexidine and cover with clean dressings. Also refer to wounds and skin infections.
Sex and blood
Use condoms if you have sexual contact.
Avoid using non-sterile medical materials:
- needles for piercing and tattooing
- razor blades at the hairdresser/barber
- acupuncture needles
- unreliable injections and blood transfusions
Avoid contact with contaminated water and do not go in the water if there is a risk of schistosomiasis.
When you arrive in your hotel or holiday home, run the cold taps first and then the warm taps for two minutes to reduce the risk of infection with legionella bacteria. Open the door or window and leave the room whilst the taps are running.
Insects and ticks
Do not walk on bare feet and always sit on a thick towel or mat on the beach to avoid sand fleas or certain wormi nfections.