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Epidemiologic Studies of Travelers' Diarrhea, Severe Gastrointestinal Infections, and Cholera


Steffen, Robert (1986). Epidemiologic Studies of Travelers' Diarrhea, Severe Gastrointestinal Infections, and Cholera. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 8(Supp.):S122-S130.

Abstract

A retrospective survey, which is based on interviews conducted between 1975 and 1984 with 20,000 European tourists returning from 15 destinations m various climatic zones, demonstrates that travelers' diarrhea is the most frequent health problem encountered by travelers in the tropics. The incidence varied from 4% to 51%, depending on the destination. High-risk groups were persons younger than 30 years, adventurous travelers, and travelers with preexisting gastrointestinal illnesses. Illness acquired at various geographic regions showed only minor differences in chronology and symptomatology. The clinical course of travelers' diarrhea was usually short and mild. Additionally: by longitudinal and retrospective analyses, the incidence and prognosis of gastrointestinal infections of greater severity that were acquired after a short stay in a developing country, such as giardiasis, amebiasis, typhoid fever, and cholera, were evaluated; typhoid fever and cholera, in particular, were found to be quite rare

Abstract

A retrospective survey, which is based on interviews conducted between 1975 and 1984 with 20,000 European tourists returning from 15 destinations m various climatic zones, demonstrates that travelers' diarrhea is the most frequent health problem encountered by travelers in the tropics. The incidence varied from 4% to 51%, depending on the destination. High-risk groups were persons younger than 30 years, adventurous travelers, and travelers with preexisting gastrointestinal illnesses. Illness acquired at various geographic regions showed only minor differences in chronology and symptomatology. The clinical course of travelers' diarrhea was usually short and mild. Additionally: by longitudinal and retrospective analyses, the incidence and prognosis of gastrointestinal infections of greater severity that were acquired after a short stay in a developing country, such as giardiasis, amebiasis, typhoid fever, and cholera, were evaluated; typhoid fever and cholera, in particular, were found to be quite rare

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:1 May 1986
Deposited On:18 Oct 2018 10:06
Last Modified:19 Oct 2018 21:30
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:1058-4838
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/clinids/8.supplement_2.s122
Related URLs:https://www.swissbib.ch/Search/Results?lookfor=nationallicenceoxford101093clinids8Supplement_2S122 (Library Catalogue)

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