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Epidemiology of traveler's diarrhea


Steffen, R (2005). Epidemiology of traveler's diarrhea. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 41 Sup:S536-S540.

Abstract

Among travelers from developed countries who visit developing countries, >60% may experience traveler's diarrhea, accounting for 40,000 travelers daily or >15 million travelers annually. Traveler's 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's 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's diarrhea.

Abstract

Among travelers from developed countries who visit developing countries, >60% may experience traveler's diarrhea, accounting for 40,000 travelers daily or >15 million travelers annually. Traveler's 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's 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's diarrhea.

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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:2005
Deposited On:10 Jun 2009 13:28
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:15
Publisher:University of Chicago Press
ISSN:1058-4838
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1086/432948
PubMed ID:16267715

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