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Health and safety concerns are numerous in Guatemala, but avoiding them is not difficult if the proper precautions are taken. Due to its poor sanitation, questionable drinking water and tropical clime, Guatemala is a hotbed for bacteria and viruses. Many of these are transmitted through contaminated water, food and insects. Avoid drinking non-purified water and eat fruits, vegetables and meats that have been thoroughly cooked or cleansed. Take care to use insect repellent in many areas where viruses like malaria, dengue and yellow fever are endemic. Vaccinations are not required to enter Guatemala, but shots for yellow fever, hepatitis A and B, typhoid and a tetanus booster come heavily recommended. If you plan on traveling in malaria-prone areas, taking some sort of prophylactic pill will dramatically reduce your risk, but DEET repellent is important as well.

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By Eli Mangold
11 Aug 2010

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