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Travelers should also be wary of what they are putting into their bodies while in Indonesia as this is one of the fastest ways to contract an illness. The State Department advises the following:
Tap water is not potable. In 2008, Indonesian authorities found that 100 percent of tap water samples from the Jakarta area tested positive for coliform bacteria, as well as high concentrations of toxic chemicals, including lead and mercury. Bottled water should be used for consumption, including for cooking. Factory bottled soft drinks, and juices and milk sold in sealed containers are generally safe. Take extra care preparing fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats. If you cannot see refrigerators, expect that any food, especially street food, is preserved with high concentrations of formaldehyde derivatives. Consider that unprocessed or raw food may be unsafe even in higher end establishments. Washing, soaking, peeling, and/or thoroughly cooking food are mandatory procedures to minimize insecticide, bacterial, and parasitic contamination. Gastrointestinal disorders are common. A wide variety of foods are available in local markets and supermarkets, and with some care and effort, it is possible to eat a well-balanced diet. Read more…
Extra care should be taken when planning your trip given the many uncertainties in medical care in Indonesia. Be sure to understand the limitations of your medical insurance and consider how to best protect yourself in the event of an emergency before your arrival in Indonesia.
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