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Health - Medical La Paz - Bolivia

La Paz’s high altitude means that you’ll need to take it easy for the first few days you’re here, in order to acclimatize. If you’re feeling at all unwell, seek medical attention to rule out problems with altitude sickness. Local remedies for adapting to the altitude include mate de coca, a tea made from the coca leaf which is said to help symptoms.

Hygiene standards in La Paz are pretty low, and it’s common to encounter stomach problems here. To lessen your chances of getting ill, avoid eating food from street stalls or that has been sat for a long time. Waterborne bacteria are also common, so bottled water is best. There is a parasitic worm that lives in undercooked pork, which can cause a serious disease called neurocysticercosis if ingested – avoid buying cold pork sandwiches on the street and be careful where you buy pork dishes.



08 Mar 2010

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