Failing to heed the warnings not to drink the water, Mr. Peters of Steinbach was left with a severe case of what he described as “stomach problems” after a recent visit to Winkler.
“I knew I should have had that Dukoral,” said Mr. Peters. “When you visit a foreign country like Yantsied, you can never be too careful. Us Ditsieders are just not used to their water.”
Travellers who fail to take precautions are often beset with illness when crossing the Red River to the other Mennonite colonies. In fact, Mennozuma’s Revenge also affects visitors to Steinbach from foreign lands such as Altona or Rosenort.
“I always warn travellers to make sure they’re up-to-date with their vaccinations,” said Dr. Neufeld. “Yantsieders have different germs that can really do a number on Ditsieders if you’re not careful.”
Mr. Peters eventually recovered from his illness, but not until he had plenty of bedrest and drank two full bottles of Pepto-Bismol.
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