Montezuma’s revenge, Aztec two step, mummy’s tummy, or Cairo two-step in Egypt, Kurtz Hurtz in Uzbekistan, Bombay belly or Delhi belly in India. A case of the sh*ts or Hershey Squirts or The McSh– in North America, Down Under Butt Chunder in Australia, Karachi crouch in Pakistan, Suryavarman’s Revenge in Cambodia.
Beaver fever in Canada, Thailand it’s Thai-dal wave. Peacekeepers to Arabic-speaking countries have called it yalla yalla (Arabic for “fast, fast”).
What is the best way to try and prevent the runs or “traveler’s diarrhea”?
- Properly cooked foods. Everything heated to a proper internal temperature (depends on the dish), no sampling the raw chicken dish, etc.
- Fruits and vegetables, if you can’t peel it, don’t eat it. A tremendous number of GI outbreaks are due to fruit and veg, rather than meat. This includes things like salads – since you can’t really peel lettuce, avoid it.
- Check if the local water is safe. When in doubt, assume no. You can stick to bottled water, though there’s always the distinct chance its being bottled from a contaminated source. Coke/Pepsi etc., and beer are good alternatives. Little known fact, the Coca-Cola company is hugely involved in clean water programs worldwide, because they need it for their product.
- Ice is bad. Its probably made using the local tap-water, and there are many beasties that can survive an encounter with an ice machine.