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App to help keep traveller's diarrhoea at bay

For those who are gastronomically adventurous, travelling is hardly any fun without savouring the succulent local dishes and drinks. Even as they soak themselves in the fresh flavors of a new desti

  • Published: June 10, 2014 7:17 PM IST
Traveler app

For those who are gastronomically adventurous, travelling is hardly any fun without savouring the succulent local dishes and drinks.

Even as they soak themselves in the fresh flavors of a new destination, researchers have now developed an app to help travelers avoid what’s commonly known as traveler’s diarrhoea, a condition that affects an estimated 10 million travelers each year. Called ‘Can I Eat This?’, the app asks travelers to select the country they are visiting and answer a few questions about the item they are thinking of consuming.

They need to answer questions such as whether the food item or the beverage was bought from a street vendor and whether it was cooked. “With ‘Can I Eat This?’, you can be more confident that your food and drink choices would not make you spend your international trip in the bathroom,” informed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a US government public health agency that developed the app.

The app tells a prospective traveler to India that if a drink contains ice it is better to avoid it because, as the app explains, ice is usually made with tap water which can be unsafe in some countries, including India. The app is available for download on Andriod or iOS platform.

  • Published Date: June 10, 2014 7:17 PM IST