What is ‘Delhi Belly’

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”?

  1. Properly cooked foods. Everything heated to a proper internal temperature (depends on the dish), no sampling the raw chicken dish, etc.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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