health & safety

There’s no definitive way of telling whether food is going to make you sick so the best thing to do is use common sense. If your instincts tell you not to eat that gelatinous chicken foot, don’t eat it. Explain to your host/waiter about your ‘foreign stomach’ and accept a cup of tea instead. If the cup of tea contains a gelatinous chicken foot it might be worth making alternative dining arrangements.
Phaic Tan’s first east-meets-west lavatory.

Traveller’s Tip
Phaic Tanese pharmacies carry no panadol, paracetamol or penicillin, in fact, nothing beginning with ‘p’ as it is considered unlucky in medicine. You can, however, ask for ‘ain-killers’.

Staying healthy overseas doesn’t require anything more than a few pre-trip precautions and general prudence. Those planning to visit Phaic Tan should discuss the trip with a doctor who may in turn refer you for psychiatric assessment, as well as administer a few vaccinations. The following are considered essential: cholera, yellow fever, hepatitis A, tetanus, typhoid, meningococcal, meningitis, polio, diptheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, haeophilus influenzae type-B, influenza and dust mite sensitivity as well as a rabies shot if you’re likely to be exposed to wild animals or street vendors. In addition, you might require a shot for Septacemic Endyphalitis, a rare disease that strikes people who have been given too many injections.

This potentially fatal disease exists throughout the year and is spread by mosquito bites. Worst affected areas are low lying valleys, swamps, river flats and anywhere large amounts of stagnant water collects, such as hotel bathrooms. There are various forms of malaria in Phaic Tan, including a rare strain that is actually carried by humans and fatal to mosquitos.

  Several strains of malaria unique to
Phaic Tan have emerged in recent years and many of these are resistant to modern drug treatments. The most common is a particularly virulent form known as malaria type-A. Symptoms – fever, cramps, headache etc. – can be pretty severe but the good news is that they rarely last longer than a week, as death usually occurs on day five or six.

Stray dogs can be a problem in some Phaic Tanese cities. In these areas a walking stick or umbrella provides a useful deterrent. They also work well on hawkers. If bitten by a dog or other suspect animal, wash the wound immediately with soap and antiseptic solution, apply a heavy pressure bandage and then have the limb amputated.