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Crime is on the rise in Argentina and is the subject of national concern. The Buenos Aires streets are well lit after dark, but petty crime is widespread, especially on buses and trains. Keep a vigilant watch of your belongings. If you are a victim of crime, report it to the police. Women will find it advisable to stay in groups at night. Avoid flashy displays of wealth; dress and behave conservatively. Foreign business visitors are often the target of thieves. Consequently, purses, laptops, and briefcases will require additional security. Do not leave valuables in cars or on tables in cafës. Keep non-essential valuables locked in hotel safes when not in use. Use credit cards and travel checks when possible to avoid carrying large sums of cash.

Carry photocopies of your passport instead of the original. Carry cash in a money belt, and use credit cards or travelers checks for most of your transactions. EMERGENCY NUMBERS Police 101 Ambulance 107 Fire 100 Health Emergency 434-4001, 434-4104 Environmental Emergency 105 Nautical Emergency 106 Civil Defense 103 HEALTH There are no major health risks in Argentina. Water is potable, although locals prefer bottled mineral water. Outside main cities, it is recommended to drink only bottled water. Serious endemic diseases are scarce. Rare reports of yellow fever have come from the northeast part of the country, and cases of cholera from the northern provinces. If you are traveling to rural areas between October and May, you may also be at risk for malaria. The medical services and staff are competent in Buenos Aires; some pharmacies have English- speaking employees and are open all night. A well-stocked medical kit and travel insurance are recommended if your trip will take you outside of major urban areas for extended periods.

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