Health and Safety

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Food and Water

The Sarajevo public water supply has been found to meet world Health Organizations (WHO) standards. The water is not thought to pose a health risk. No lead was found in the tap water in Sarajevo, but it does not contain natural fluoride, making it necessary for children to supplement that element to promote dental health.

A variety of fresh fruits and vegetables are available in the markets. They are generally considered safe, however, to protect from food borne disease it is best to thoroughly wash all vegetables and fruit that are not peeled.

It is suggested that you buy meats and fish from supermarkets or butcher shops that have passed government inspections and use refrigerated cases rather then buying them in the open markets. As with other foods make sure meat and fish is thoroughly cooked and is hot and steaming before eating.

Land Mines

Mines and associated devices were used extensively by all factions during the last war. Mine clearance efforts are in progress, however, land mines and other unexploded ordnance pose a danger throughout the country. Areas at greatest risk are the “onfrontation lines” ringing some cities, gravel roads, disused buildings, woods and orchards, military establishments, strategic areas and private property.

The following advice is given to avoid mines:

  • Stay on known safe surfaces
  • Stick to approved routes
  • Don’t drive on road shoulders
  • Don’t give in to curiosity
  • Observe local behavior
  • Obtain mine information