Travelers’ Diarrhea Prevention

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What is Traveler’s Diarrhea? (CDC.com)

  • Travelers’ diarrhea (TD) is the most predictable travel-related illness.
    • Attack rates range from 30% to 70% of travelers, depending on the destination and season of travel.
  • Poor hygiene practice in local restaurants is likely the largest contributor to the risk for  TD.
  • In this syndrome, vomiting and diarrhea may both be present, but symptoms usually resolve spontaneously within 12 hours.

Where Does Travelers’ Diarrhea Happen/ Transmit?

  • TD most likely occurs in environments in warmer climates where large numbers of people do not have access to
  • plumbing or latrines, the amount of stool contamination in the environment will be higher and more accessible to flies.
  • Happens equally in male and female travelers and is more common in young adult travelers than in older travelers.

How Is Travelers’ Diarrhea Prevented?

  • Carrying small containers of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (may make it easier for travelers to clean their hands before eating when handwashing is not possible.)
  • Care in selecting food and beverages can minimize the risk for acquiring TD

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