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Have you ever gotten sick in Mexico?

Discussion in 'Cozumel' started by Tim Ingersoll, Mar 8, 2004.

Have you ever gotten sick in Cozumel?

  1. Never

    57 vote(s)
    65.5%
  2. A little bit but Imodium cured me

    18 vote(s)
    20.7%
  3. A lot but I could still dive

    11 vote(s)
    12.6%
  4. Ruined my vacation

    1 vote(s)
    1.1%
  1. Tim Ingersoll

    Tim Ingersoll Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Rochester, NY
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    Another poster in another thread was trash talking Mexico/Cozumel and claimed that 90% of the people he knew that went got sick. So what is the right percentage?
     
  2. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas High Plains
    45,477
    2,909
    113
    Never - but then, I've only been there 3 times.

    90%?! Let me guess, he's never been there, doesn't know anyone who has, but his mother's hairdresser has a cousin who girlfiend's boyfriend got sick. :bandit_2:
     
  3. Scott M

    Scott M Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Upstate NY - Lake Champlain
    894
    2
    18
    Well I don't know how to figure a percentage or even if it would be relavent but I can tell I just retruned from Mexico (Playa Del Carmen) with some friends. There were 14 of us in all including three kids. Of that number two got sick. The smallest child was sick for a few hours and one of the adults was sick enough that his wife called the hotel Doctor who ended up giving him a shot and some meds which cleared him right up. So I guess 2 out of 14 which works out to around 14%-15% if that means anything.
     
  4. Scott M

    Scott M Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Upstate NY - Lake Champlain
    894
    2
    18
    With proof like that who's to argue. LOL
     
  5. chickdiver

    chickdiver Instructor, Scuba

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    2 trips. 1st trip- spent a week living in the jungle at Nohoch, didn't get sick. 2nd trip- stayed at an all inclusive on Cozumel, and came home with a wicked case of Giardia.....

    I think it's a crapshoot.
     
  6. AmyJ

    AmyJ Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Dayton Ohio
    637
    0
    0
    Go to Mexico once or twice a year... Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Acapulco.......

    With a large group of people. Almost no sickness ever. I was sick once, but I suspect had more to do with pregnancy than Mexican illness.

    We don't even worry about it or think about it anymore... not an issue if you're the least bit careful (not obsessive!)

    Eat, drink and be well! oh... and dive deep! :wink:
     
  7. Bob3

    Bob3 Dive Shop

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    I used to spend a month down there every year; ALWAYS got sick if I drank Tecate, even just a single can/bottle, washing the tops had no effect.
    For disinfectant purposes, stick with the $1.25/litre rum (bring your own bottle for refills), that way any illness will be self-inflicted. ;)
    Use habaneros, & squeeze lime on everything
     
  8. melfox26

    melfox26 Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Tracy, CA
    446
    0
    0
    I haven't got sick yet (knock on wood) in Mexico. I've strayed far from the street vendors and stuck with bottled water. A good friend of mine got her vacation ruined by a shrimp salad at the Aventura Palace in Playa del Carmen. I figure, stay away from the raw vegetables, stick with the fresh seafood and I'll be fine.

    Mel
    PADI Rescue Diver
     
  9. gj62

    gj62 Manta Ray

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    Been alot (just got back yesterday)! Don't drink tap water, but I usually don't worry about the ice - most of it is bagged in the larger cities and resorts. Occasionally I'll ask. I drink micheladas quite a bit and normally they are served with ice, so if I forget to add "sin hielos", I either have to drink fast, or risk the bug. I do avoid sushi/ceviche in most places I'm not sure about - of course, I do that state-side as well.

    Remember - it is usually a "different" bug, not necessarily a bad one, that can cause some people to have a reaction. I've heard if you go alot, you can build up a tolerance. Of course, I work with a Mexican that gets sick when he comes here, then gets sick when he goes home!

    Who knows - but I do know it is based upon the individual.

    Regardless, I *always* travel with immodium...
     
  10. richhagelin

    richhagelin Barracuda

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    No matter what the % is, try to make everyone think that Cozumel is a place where everyone (expecially pod people) get sick. Pass it on.

    Rich
     

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