3 Simple ways to prevent parasite infections

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Here are 3 simple ways to prevent parasite infection:

1. Water sanitation  

An essential precaution against tropical parasite health hazards is never to drink untreated water from a creek, river, lake or unused Well.

Such water is not safe, as it may contain amoebas, the eggs of parasitic worms or dangerous disease germs.

In the event that such water must be used, boil it.

This will destroy the eggs as well as disease germs and amoebas.

Amoebas cannot endure heat.

For this reason boiled drinking water that has been filtered is the best protection against amoebas and other Water-borne parasites.

The boiled water should be stored in clean, tightly stoppered containers to protect it from contamination.

Distilled water kept in this manner is also safe to use.

Even city water can be dangerous, as it can become contaminated by amoebas and the eggs of parasitic worms that are carried into reservoirs by rainwater draining off contaminated land.

When a person is offered a drink of contaminated water he should politely refuse it.

It is far better for him to remain thirsty for awhile than to ruin his health with parasites.

In the event that he is traveling and pure water is not available, he can safely drink hot coffee and tea, as these popular beverages require the water used in them to be boiled.

Alkaline water is ideal living quarters for amoebas, but if it can be made a little on the acid side by means of citric juices such as lemon or lime, it should be relatively safe to drink.

Amoebas cannot live in acid surroundings. A few drops of a strong alcoholic drink are also effective in purifying water.

Amoebas, parasitic worms and germs are all non-alcoholics.

2.  Food sanitation 

Foods in tropical market places are easily contaminated and must be thoroughly washed before being used.

Beans, rice, lentils and other such foods probably have been taken from open barrels.

Where they were exposed to parasite carrying insects, rodents and people.

Non-refrigerated meats often hang in the open where flies and dust from the street can settle on them.
They too should be washed carefully and cooked thoroughly.

Raw fruits and vegetables should be avoided unless they can be peeled and kept clean from contamination.

Around the home, garbage and trash should be disposed of as soon as possible, and, until it is, it should be kept covered in containers so as not to attract parasite infested vermin.

Food should be stored in vermin proof containers or in a box lined with metal or plastic.

If the box is suspended from the ceiling or kept on a stand that has legs in cans of kerosene and water, it will not be easily reached by pests that might contaminate its contents.

3.  Cleanness

Cleanliness is a major protection against parasitic worms.

Leaving dirty dishes, pots, pans and utensils lying around is an open invitation for insects to bring diseases into a home.

Such things should be washed as soon as possible.

A quick rinse in cold water will not make them safe from disease germs.

They should be sterilized in hot water and then stored in a place where insects and rodents cannot crawl over them.

House pets should have their own plates from which to eat and should not be permitted to eat from plates used by members of the family.

By keeping utensils and dishes clean and food protected, a person can shield his family from many sicknesses that interfere with worthwhile activities.

Tropical homes usually have the doors and windows open for ventilation.

The neighborhood livestock should not be permitted to regard this as an invitation to enter a home and to wander about in it.

Out of regard for the health of the family a person should insist that friendly pigs, chickens, goats, ducks, geese and other animals stay out of the house.

When they are permitted to roam freely about the living quarters of a home, they scatter microscopic enemies to the health of all who live there.

The custom in tropical lands of permitting children to run about without clothing is dangerous to their health.

As they play in the dirt, their bodies are exposed to the attack of parasites that can pierce their skin and crawl inside them.

For their own protection, they should wear clothing and have shoes or sandals on their feet.

Where they play should be clean of animal or human wastes that could contaminate the ground with parasites.

They should not be permitted to play in places that may be contaminated.

Once children become infected with parasites, their physical and mental health can be seriously affected for the remainder of their lives if prompt medical treatment is not successful in getting rid of the parasites.

Good sanitation is vital for good health and the many health hazards of the tropics.

All members of a family should, without fail, wash their hands with soap and warm water before every meal.

To eat food with unwashed hands is a sure way to pick up parasites and disease germs.

Children should be kept clean and not permitted to put dirty fingers in their mouths.

Body wastes should be buried and not left lying on the ground anywhere in the neighborhood of a person’s home.

Houses should be kept clean of dirt and scraps of food such as pieces of bread dropped by children.

Bedding and clothing should be kept clean.

The strongest defense against diseases and parasites in the tropics as well as anywhere else in the world is cleanliness.

With reasonable care, one can avoid many of the health hazards of the tropics and enjoy a lifetime of good health.