By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: Not sure about health issues when travelling. Could you put my husband’s mind at ease and suggest some resources we should consult when looking at travelling abroad. We’re looking at a trip to Zambia

A: Health Canada has the latest health travel information which you can easily access online at For phone inquiries you can call them at 613-957-2991, 416-973-4389 or toll-free 1-866-999-7612. Here are some quick health tips when travelling to countries such as Zambia: Peel fresh fruit and raw vegetables and make sure meat is cooked thoroughly.

Most hot, freshly cooked food should be safe (especially if it's included on a package tour). Avoid local dairy products. Drink bottled water. Take along insect repellent and pack any prescription medicine needed for your trip.

For diseases, you’ll find AIDS like any African country is a serious problem in Zambia. Consult your physician about protection against yellow fever, malaria, polio, cholera, typhoid and hepatitis.

Remember the sun will be very strong so it’s best to use sunscreen regularly, and lastly, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.


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