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Jan 1st, 2012, 09:41 AM
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Kenya/Nairobi-is it safe to eat raw vegetables/fruits

I was reading that the water quality in Nairobi was unpredictable and most locals boil water. While visiting, we want to eat at local places and wondered if salads, fruits would best be avoided to prevent stomach issues since they might be washed in tap water...I feel silly asking since I have eaten in Mexico, Panama and the DR and never had any reactions and those places are often the ones you hear about people getting sick from water other than bottled.
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Jan 1st, 2012, 09:55 AM
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In hotel restaurants and restaurants that cater to international visitors I have eaten everything, including vegetables/fruits. Other places, I would not each such items.
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Jan 1st, 2012, 01:52 PM
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My husband, who can't tolerate the water change from state to state, much less country to country, takes one Pepto Bismol at night and one in the morning just to stay regular. Since doing this, he has had no trouble. I am fine eating/drinking/iced drinks same as atravelynn. I always request a carafe of filtered water for my "room" to refill bottles. Some camps have invested in very good filtration systems and are pleased to share that information. Others use catchment systems for drinking and washing, which is also good. Never hurts to ask. But precautions (Pepto) can be helpful.
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Jan 1st, 2012, 02:16 PM
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As atravelynn, I eat everything including salads/veggies and fruit.

In fact, I look forward to eating these in Kenya. Why? Because they taste as they should rather than items grown in the States, pumped full of gas so they can be shipped cross-country. Toma toes especially, when I'm glad the seasonal ones are grown locally on the East Coast.

Drink bottled water, provided everywhere and usually free (or small cost); same bottled or filtered water is used for ice, which I never hesitate having in my drinks.

Regardless where I travel worldwide, Pepto and other tummy meds come with me, as well a prescription for Cipro.

Be aware, ask questions, but do enjoy your holiday.
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Jan 1st, 2012, 05:55 PM
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Thanks for your helpful replies, nothing worse than being sick when you are away!
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Jan 2nd, 2012, 12:59 PM
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mdtravelhealth.com Kenya details all health risk.
For me bake it peel it boil it or leave it.
Carry back up Cipro im my medical kit just in case
bottled water also.Safaris to the loo with the
Kenya krapola not touristic. Lukewarm buffets
especial soups where they put feet in not sterile
how I got my last bout a couple of years ago.
Antibiotic stopped it in 12 hours I was very
lucky.Could have ruined my whole trip.

Good luck!
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Jan 2nd, 2012, 04:28 PM
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qwo -

What the heck are you talking about 'feet in the soup"
Do you have assurance the kitchen help anywhere, even flight attendents, couldn't do likewise, if you wanted to think that way.

Believe it's time you stop being an alarmist with almost every reply, and for no reason.

Reading your replies, it's surprising you ever leave home... if you do, or maybe you shouldn't.
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Jan 3rd, 2012, 06:28 AM
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I think he must mean animal feet. Only guessing as I have experienced animal feet in soup.
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Jan 3rd, 2012, 03:04 PM
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Louise - Hey, even chicken soup can have feet in and perfectly fine for the cooking process (usually removed before serving), but don't believe that's what qwo was referring. Let him clarify if it was... though doubtful!
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Jan 3rd, 2012, 03:13 PM
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I cannot imagine foregoing the Kenyan Green Bean salad due to a fear of veggies. My favorite version is at the Boulevard Hotel in Nairobi.

Was Qwovadis writing a jarring safari haiku?

Perhaps he is a literary genius that we have so far not fully appreciated. Really, try reciting his post above with syncopated pauses. Brilliant!
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Jan 4th, 2012, 03:48 PM
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We ate everything on our visit a year or so ago and stayed in Nairobi at a B&B, ate in recommended local restaurants, then stayed near Malindi at an AI hotel and had no issues at all with any of the food. We did drink only bottled water though.
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Jan 5th, 2012, 01:19 AM
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Bottled water and unpeeled fruits are recommended.However there are other local places that adhere to high hygiene standards.Please do ask your guide before you try.
Happy journey.
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