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Old 09-11-2007, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Europe/USA
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Just curious on this random topic... If you got sick traveling overseas, which country and city did you have your "travelers" sickness?
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Old 09-16-2007, 04:40 PM
 
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Just curious on this random topic... If you got sick traveling overseas, which country and city did you have your "travelers" sickness?
Traveled all over S. America, ate in little hole-in-the-wall places, never got sick
until I returned to NYC and ate a steak. Nearly died.

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Old 09-16-2007, 05:24 PM
 
Location: In exile, plotting my coup
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I too have strangely never gotten sick eating abroad thankfully.

*knocks on wood*

Oh man, that would be horrible. Getting sick anyplace other than the comfort of one's own home, with access to your bed, your clean bathroom, your doctor, etc. is just torturous.

I've gotten horribly food-poisoned a few times in the States though, but then again, the odds are stacked against it considering 99% of my life, I've been here.
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Old 09-16-2007, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Gulfport, MS
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Never gotten sick, either, not even when I forgot and drank water out of a faucet in Istanbul. Nothing happened, but then, I did grow up with the Mississippi public water system. Whatever was in the water in Turkey probably didn't have a chance against the bacteria already present.
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Old 09-30-2007, 02:35 PM
 
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Never did overseas, but only ate bread, cheese and wine! Did get very sick in Mexico, a very bad turista bug!
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Old 09-30-2007, 10:34 PM
 
Location: the midwest
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I studied in Ecuador and Peru for several months and spent time in the Dominican Republic. Never had the slightest trouble with sickness. Then this past summer I spent a few months backpacking around Europe. The last week I was there, while camping in Normandy, my tent sprang a leak and soaked every single piece of clothing I had. I had to sleep in wet clothes and then caught a cold. The cold turned into a terrible flu when I got back home and I ended up with ulcers in the back of my throat. I went on anti-biotics to clear up the infection that was causing the ulcers, and proceeded to have a reaction to the pills. I was sick to my stomach for weeks and now my immune system is so out-of-whack that I've averaged one cold every other week since I've been home!

Before going to South America, I was scared to death that I would end up with some crazy sickness. I never imagined that it would be Europe that would give me the deadly plague!
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Old 10-01-2007, 03:57 AM
 
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Last july I went to Acapulco for a 1-week vacation. I stayed at one of those all-inclusive hotels. The hotel I stayed offered lunch by the pool. I ended up ordering a fish along with some vegetables on the side.

After lunch, about 1-hour later I started getting nauseous, dizzy, and real tired. Since I do not drink any alcoholic beverages, and all I had until then was that fish I was pretty sure that the fish was the culprit.

From that moment on my 1-week vacation went downhill. I went to a medical clinic and the Doctor gave me a shot cocktail. The cocktail did not get rid of the bacteria but gave me enough strength to get in a plane back to the US and from there on to the ER.
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Old 10-01-2007, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Just curious on this random topic... If you got sick traveling overseas, which country and city did you have your "travelers" sickness?
The United Kingdom, hands down. I got food poisoning there 3-4 times a year the entire time I was there. The worst was from a hamburger at the TGI Friday's in Leeds...the one near Ikea.
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Old 10-04-2007, 07:42 PM
 
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I've been to Mexico several times, eaten from street vendors, from guys barbecuing on the sidewalk, etc., but the only time I ever got sick was when I stayed at one of those big-deal resorts in Cancun. Otherwise, the only time I was really deathly ill from food poisoning was in the US. I was in bed for a solid week.
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Old 10-04-2007, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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United Arab Emirates, from a pizza no less. Got a case of parasites that laid me up for a couple of days. That was a long time ago though, I think 1993. I visited several times that year and ate a wide variety of food-- processed and local --with no problems, so I don't fault the country, I just drew the short straw.
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