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Travel style is a major risk factor for diarrhoea in India: a prospective cohort study


Schindler, V M; Jaeger, V K; Held, Leonhard; Hatz, Christoph; Bühler, Silja (2015). Travel style is a major risk factor for diarrhoea in India: a prospective cohort study. Clinical Microbiology and Infection, 21(7):676.e1-676.e4.

Abstract

Although some studies suggested specific foods/beverages as risk factors for travellers' diarrhoea (TD), details of transmission remain unclear. We assessed the influence of travel style (luxury/middle-class versus backpacking) on TD risk. TD attack rates were compared in a prospective study among travellers to India at the University of Zurich's Travel Clinic. Information on consumption of foods/beverages was collected. Seventy-one luxury/middle-class travellers and 21 backpackers completed the study; overall 37% suffered from TD (62% backpackers, 30% luxury/middle-class travellers, OR 4.43, p 0.022). Travel style rather than the consumption of specific foods/beverages appears to be a risk factor for TD development.

Abstract

Although some studies suggested specific foods/beverages as risk factors for travellers' diarrhoea (TD), details of transmission remain unclear. We assessed the influence of travel style (luxury/middle-class versus backpacking) on TD risk. TD attack rates were compared in a prospective study among travellers to India at the University of Zurich's Travel Clinic. Information on consumption of foods/beverages was collected. Seventy-one luxury/middle-class travellers and 21 backpackers completed the study; overall 37% suffered from TD (62% backpackers, 30% luxury/middle-class travellers, OR 4.43, p 0.022). Travel style rather than the consumption of specific foods/beverages appears to be a risk factor for TD development.

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Contributors:Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI)
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:13 April 2015
Deposited On:20 May 2015 13:35
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 12:58
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:1198-743X
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cmi.2015.03.005
PubMed ID:25882361

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