Journal Article

Epidemiology of Traveler's Diarrhea

Robert Steffen

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 41, issue Supplement_8, pages S536-S540
Published in print December 2005 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online December 2005 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI:
Epidemiology of Traveler's Diarrhea

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Among travelers from developed countries who visit developing countries, >60% may experience traveler' diarrhea, accounting for 40,000 travelers daily or >15 million travelers annually. Traveler' diarrhea is often accompanied by other symptoms, most often abdominal cramps. Although the spontaneous cure occurs after a mean of 4 days, a few patients have symptoms for weeks, and it is increasingly noted that some patients may later develop irritable bowel syndrome. Traveler' diarrhea is life threatening only exceptionally, but it frequently it leads to incapacitation. Both host factors (e.g., age, behavior, nationality, and genetic factors) and environmental factors (primarily the selected destination and hotel) play an important role in risk for traveler' diarrhea.

Journal Article.  2776 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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