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cholera situation

Posted by macman1945 on 14/5/2008 at 05:16

Hi all,
Wondering if anyone has up to date information on the cholera outbreak in hanoi in recent times?
Also scams in nha trang at night? Will be travelling soon and need reassurance.

#1 macman1945 has been a member since 11/10/2007. Posts: 35

Posted by CatBa on 14/5/2008 at 10:40

Posted from within Vietnam.

The Ha Noi public health authority has initiated checks of all food vendors including those in restaurants. HCMC has had a similar program for a couple of years.

This outbreak highlights the lack of cleanliness in VietNam. There was a reseach report last year that indicated many food workers do not wash their hands after using toilet facilities.

It seems to be a national habit for Vietnamese to do personal grooming whilst having nothing to do! This includes detailed nose-picking, ear cleaning or hair nit elimination.

I refuse food from preparers who I see breaching what I consider reasonable cleanliness standards.

Reports of cholera have died off a little recently but reports have been cited of small cholera outbreaks as far south as Dong Nai.

Nha Trang has become much like the worst parts of HCMC or Ha Noi, in the tourist areas, in the past 10 years. Don't accept rides from two females on a motorcycle, a few seconds of excitement won't make up for your missing valuables.

The beachs can be dangerous after dark as knife attacks / robberies occur. Youths are now carrying knives in response to unwelcome sexual assaults.

Late night security is important in the more isolated areas around known Foreigner hangouts and bars. Public transportation stops before bars close and this means use of Xe Oms (motorcycles) and the dependency on the driver to take you to your destination. Outright robberies involving several VN on one or two Foreigners is not unusual.

The answer is common sense. Stick to inner, well populated, well lit, venues and you should be safe.

I carry a small squirt bottle of chili pepper oil (buy it in grocery stores) - works wonders when used in the agressors eyes.

#2 CatBa has been a member since 5/3/2007. Posts: 349

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