Awww. So fuzzy. And brightly colored, too. Kinda reminds me of those sweet and sour worms anyone can buy at a good candy store.
BUT THEY AREN’T.
Those are microscopic photos of the Shigella infection (shigellosis), an intestinal disease caused by a family of bacteria known as Shigella. (Mayo Clinic)
What they can do to your body is worse than a weekend with Kathy Bates’ character in “Misery.”
My wife asked me to bring home a souvenir from Honduras. I did better. I brought a piece of Honduras back with me in the form of these little bastards.
I won’t go through the gooey symptoms, but let’s just say – they ain’t pretty. And four days in the hospital isn’t a return to Home Sweet Home.
Why would I bring this up after a recent trip to that country of 8,499,343? After having a glowing excursion into the Honduran jungles? After seeing how difficult and back-breaking picking coffee beans is in the mountains some 4000 ft. high? After eating delicious food and enjoying seeing the cigar production process, as well as meeting some of the most friendly people on this planet?
Simple. When – and if you go, temporarily leave all the romance you may have in your head behind and understand that you are entering a third world country with a poverty rate of over 50%. Just dwell on that for a moment.
There are great strides to modernize the infrastructure with new roads (the old ones, in some places, are a bitch – believe me when I tell you that), brilliantly painted and structurally sound housing, and increased employment through many industries, especially the cigar manufacturing business.
But it is not there – yet. So beware of where you eat, who prepares your food, and the conditions where it is made ready for consumption. Wash your hands often, clean your shoes often, take nothing for granted. You are not at home.
Shigellosis is a deadly bacteria and will cause serious, uncomfortable, nay – painful havoc within your system. But if you take your head out of the stars, even when they are sparkling at night – you’ll be fine.
One caveat – DON’T DRINK THE WATER!
(Photo courtesy of Google Images)