Montezuma’s Revenge

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An especially powerful revenge was developed by the people of South America in retaliation for the brutal way in which the Spanish conquistadores dealt with native populations in the “new world.” Known as Montezuma‚Äôs revenge, it is named after a Central American leader of the Aztecs in the early 16th century and consists of overwhelming nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

The United States reports that many travelers to South America experience traveler’s diarrhea, with some estimates suggesting that between 40-50% of Americans visiting Cuba might experience problems. We seemed to be beating the odds. With two early exceptions among our party of 14, we appeared to be in reasonably good shape. But as the trip wore on, eight of our party succumbed.

Fortunately, the effects for the most part seemed to last 24 hours. Still, somewhere Montezuma smiled.

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