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Mexico - Food and Water

Though delicious, Mexican food can be highly spiced. One should get used to it gradually. Avoid uncooked vegetables or salads, until you are very sure about the place where you are eating. Fruits and vegetables that have been peeled are fine. At home, be sure to cook the vegetables before consuming them or wash and disinfect them. You will find disinfecting drops where vegetables are sold in chain supermarkets and in pharmacies. Avoid street vendor fare.
Mexico has some reputable dairy firms. Use only pasteurized dairy products sold by reliable firms, like Nochebuena, Chambourcy, Danone. All of the dairy products sold at groceries store chains (Superama, Wal-Mart, etc.) are safe.

Drink only bottled water or water that has been left boiling ten minutes or longer. Ask for bottled or mineral water at restaurants. Sterilize baby bottles, nipples, pacifiers, etc. Avent sells a wonderful microwave sterilizer, readily available at Mexican large department stores. Keep sterilizing until your baby starts crawling, or longer if your pediatrician says so. If you are away from your sterilizer, wash your babies feeding items with bottled water.

This is caused by ingesting fruits and vegetables growing close to the earth and are watered with so called "black water" (water from sewage).
The fruit most commonly carrying the parasite causing cisticerco is the strawberry. Many parasites attach themselves to the fruit.
Incubation time (when the parasite travels to the brain) is between 2-8 years before the first symptoms show.
Most common symptoms are heavy convulsions.
The treatment takes 3-5 years, where the patient takes adequate medicine and a tomography every 3 months until completely healed. If treatment is not started in time, cases can be fatal.


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