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Vaccines for an african trip

K N and P J Harris ecoli at cix.compulink.co.uk
Thu Jul 13 03:24:24 EST 1995

What was given was really good advice, if a little lengthy. Anyone not 
prepared to do a little reading to protect themselves cannot command a 
lot of sympathy. 
As some-one who has had the priviledge of travelling in West Africa, 
(Ivory Coast) I would make two suggestions.:-
Get hold of the latest edition of "West africa - a travel survival kit" 
by "Lonely Planet" This was checked out by my own West African Student  
who was VERY IMPRESSED by the quality of information as was I. ( The 
State Department Information bears a surprisingly close relationship to 
the book ?)
Be a little careful of bottled water where it looks as if the bottle has 
been "refilled" more than just a few times.
Expect to get ripped off a few times and budget for it. I was ripped off 
by a local "antiquities dealer" in my hotel with whom I then had a 
friendly running battle not to get ripped off again. At the end of my 
stay he brought "me" a present (un petit cadeaux) as a confirmation that 
we had had a good working relationship. Where else in the world could 
that happen ! Be determined to enjoy it and you will have an experience 
of a lifetime - I know I did.
Peter Harris, University of Reading, UK.

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