Many areas of the world do not have the same sanitation and water treatment available in Canada. This increases your risk of illness caused by eating and drinking while travelling. In fact, the most common illnesses in travellers are caused by eating or drinking something that has been contaminated.
Tips for eating and drinking safely to decrease your chance of illness while travelling:
While some illness transmitted by insects can be prevented by vaccines or medications, most infections caused by insects must be prevented by avoiding bites. This includes understanding what type of diseases are transmitted by insects in the area you are travelling, when the insect bites and how to prevent the bites.