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Can parasitic gastrointestinal infection be prevented?

Parasitic gastrointestinal infection generally occurs as a result of ingesting contaminated water. Thus, precautions that can decrease the likelihood of ingesting contaminated water are important in preventing intestinal parasites. Frequent hand washing is probably the simplest and most widely effective anti-infection precaution that one can take. Do not drink from unclean or potentially unclean sources of water. When travelling in an area in which water treatment is inadequate, including most of the developing world, use only bottled water. In these areas, avoid ice, as well as uncooked fruits and vegetables.

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