In Mexico, it's important for foreigners to not drink the water because they might get: a)Amoebic dysentery b)malaria

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

People are told not to drink the water in Mexico because they may get "Montezuma's Revenge." This is confused with amoebic dysentery and they are not the same thing. People who get sick in Mexico usually get sick from bacteria or viruses that are present in the water due to...

Unlock
This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial

People are told not to drink the water in Mexico because they may get "Montezuma's Revenge." This is confused with amoebic dysentery and they are not the same thing. People who get sick in Mexico usually get sick from bacteria or viruses that are present in the water due to improper water and sanitation systems.

Amoebic dysentery is caused by amoebae which form cysts and then spread. They are found in the stools of contaminated individuals and are spread not only through water but food as well. Basically, a contaminated individual goes to the bathroom and does not wash their hands or they wash them improperly. They then touch food or water that another individual eats and that is how it is spread.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

If these are your two choices for answers, the correct choice is A -- amoebic dysentery.

It is a pretty common stereotype that you must not drink the water in foreign countries so that you do not get diarrhea.  Dysentery is a type of sickness in which you get diarrhea, so that is one reason this is the correct answer.

The other way you know which of these is correct is that malaria cannot possibly be correct.  The only way to get malaria is to be "bitten" by a mosquito that carries the disease.  You cannot get malaria by ingesting food or drink.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team