Due to the prevalence of Zika in Honduras, we strongly recommend that women who are pregnant, or may be pregnant at the time of the mission trip, to not attend. If you are planning on joining the mission trip and are a woman of child bearing potential, you should use appropriate precautions to prevent pregnancy during the time of the trip, and several weeks after. Use this link to the CDC Zika Virus page if you have other concerns!
Below is more information regarding other diseases or illnesses you maybe exposed to and suggestions on how best to protect yourself.
How to spend less time in the bathroom while in Honduras
These organisms collectively are called “Coliforms”. This sounds so much better than saying “Bacteria that came from someone’s colon into my food”. So, you ask, how does the E. Coli get from someone else’s colon into my GI tract? A close study of this process is not for the weak of heart. The awful fact is that coliforms are everywhere. Yes, Virginia, even on your toothbrush. This is by a process I call “The Tooth Fairy Phenomenon™”. Coliforms, like the Tooth Fairy, are everywhere yet you never see them. There is more TD in third world countries because their sanitary standards are different than ours and you simply get a heavier load, or “Bacterial Burden”, of coliforms when traveling there.
Other Illnesses / Infections
What to do?
Using disposable knives, forks, plates and glasses is important in preventing illness. Part of the problem we have is that through interchange with other countries many different food items from around the world are now available not only here in the U.S. but also in Honduras. We can now get such wonderful food items at PriceMart in Tegucigalpa that it is very tempting. Adequate washing with soap and water will generally remove most of the bacterial burden of food items. Some items, such as grapes and similar items are just hard to wash. You can soak foods for 30 minutes, including grapes and hard to wash items, in water with added Chlorox to help sanitize them. Problem is that Norovirus is harder to kill than the other agents and the 3 drops per quart ratio of chlorox to water usually recommended may not do the job for Norovirus. You add from 5-25 teaspoons of Chlorox to a gallon of water to sanitize countertops and other surfaces of Norovirus so possibly you could use that. (In case you are wondering you can drink a quart of pure Chlorox and it will not hurt you, unpleasant though it be.)
Role of Gloves
Hand Washing Versus Alcohol Gels