Water Purification

Water boiling

Gastrointestinal disease (including diarrhoea) is very common in wilderness travelers.  The vast majority of these diseases are transmitted through contaminated food and water.  Several different organisms/pathogens are responsible for water-borne infection including bacteria (E.coli, Shigella, Campylobacter), Viruses (Hepatitis A, Norovirus), Protozoa (Giardia, Crypotosporidia) and occasionally Helminths (worms).  Whilst in many cases a trail ultramarathoner will […]

Kokoda part 2 – On the Trail

Bomana

Fluids Your body’s fluid balance will be placed under considerable stress while hiking in the humid mountain jungle of Papua New Guinea. Risks of dehydration include strenuous exercise, hot climate and illnesses such as diarrhoea. Some blood pressure medications called diuretics can also increase your risk of dehydration. Symptoms include increased thirst, dry mouth, decreaed […]