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Most people know that in certain places you shouldn’t drink the water and many know that the ice is just as dangerous. In recent years bottled water has revolutionized travel. Actually, most people do not even drink tap in the US now much less abroad. So, why do we still ignore the dangers of contaminated ice?

Domestic or abroad, ice can throw a real wrench in healthy travel. In fact, you can get very sick from contaminated ice. According to www.foodservice.com, the Norovirus in particular can wreak havoc in frozen water crystals. And you know that urban myth that the alcohol will kill anything bad?  Not true!  According to a study done by the University of Texas, Salmonella, E. coli, and Shigella all survive in ice cubes mixed with cola drink, scotch and water and even 85 proof tequila.

So, when you pack for your next trip to a country with indeterminable water, you might want to include your own ice.  That’s right, you can buy ice to go. AquaICE is pre-filled, sealed, ice cube trays that contain purified water. The product is shipped unfrozen so you can easily pack it in your checked baggage. For more information, check out www.aquaice.com. Better safe than sorry.

Contributed by the medical evacuation service, MedJetAssist.