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March to May is vacation time and fiesta season in the country.

To avoid food poisoning, diarrhea, heat-associated ailments and
recreation-associated injuries, the public is advised to take the following precautions.

Food and Water-borne Diseases



Hepatitis A

Food Poisoning

Other Diarrheas

Sore EyesMeasles (Tigdas) Mosquito-borne Diseases



Other Conditions


Prickly Heat

Health Tips

Food and drinks

 Cook food properly.

 Preferably, foods must be eaten immediately after cooking (while still hot).

 Left-over food should be refrigerated and reheated before being eaten.

 Food handlers should wash their hands before and after food preparation.

 If sick, you should avoid preparing food for others.

 Avoid drinking water and iced beverages of doubtful quality.

 If water quality is doubtful, boil your drinking water for at least 2 minutes.

 Peel and wash fruits / vegetables before eating.

 Wash hands before and after eating.

At the beach

Do not allow children to swim without the company of an adult who can swim and is not drunk.

Avoid staying under the sun with scanty clothes for more than 3 hours as this predisposes to sunburn,

heat exhaustion and the worst, heat stroke.

Should you want a tan, drink plenty of fluids so as not to dehydrate yourself.

While on the road

Check your vehicle very well before going on a trip.

Bring your repair kit with you.

When drunk, never attempt to drive.


Source: Department of Health, Republic of the Philippines

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