Traveller’s diarrhoea

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Traveller’s diarrhoea, also known as “tourist’s diarrhoea”, is the most common health problem when travelling to countries with substandard hygiene and sanitation conditions. Around 40% of travellers experience diarrhoea during or just after a trip to a tropical area.  

Traveller’s diarrhoea, also known as “tourist’s diarrhoea”, is the most common health problem when travelling to countries with substandard hygiene and sanitation conditions. Around 40% of travellers experience diarrhoea during or just after a trip to a tropical area.  

This is not a serious problem for the majority of travellers, as the body can adapt to the new environment. But it should be remembered that in up to 30% of cases, you may have to stay in bed for 2-3 days and change your travel route.  

Diarrhoea is the most common cause of illness in travellers and accounts for 30% of consultations after a trip.  

It is caused by a highly varied group of microorganisms, which may include certain bacteria, viruses and parasites.  

It mainly affects those who travel to low- and middle-income countries, and it affects men and women equally.   

The incidence and seriousness of traveller’s diarrhoea is greater in children, especially when it affects those under three years of age.  

Distribution of traveller’s Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea is a disease that is present across the whole world, but it is more common in tropical and low- to mid-income countries, and those where hygiene measures are not optimal.  

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