Exceeding Expectations One Patient at a Time
Approximately 20% of travellers are confined to bed for 1–2 days with travellers’ diarrhoea, and 40% have to change their travel plans.
How do you get travellers’ diarrhea?
Mostly from digesting food or water that has been contaminated with the viruses, bacteria or protozoa which cause the disease
Travellers’ diarrhea is most common in Asia
the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, and South and Central America. However, it can occur in many other areas of the world (see map).
Travellers’ diarrhea is defined as three or more unformed stools in a 24 hour period with at least one additional symptom.3 Symptoms can start from as little as 6 hours and will depend on the type of bug that has caused the infection. They may include watery or bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, and vomiting
Most cases of travellers’ diarrhea clear up within a week but can last longer without treatment.1 Medical care should be sought if symptoms do not clear up promptly or are severe, or if children, the elderly or vulnerable people cannot tolerate fluids or are dehydrated.
You can take the following precautions to help reduce your risk of infection:
Visit your nearest convenient pharmacy or specialist travel health clinic for a risk assessment before your trip
Wash your hands frequently, especially before preparing or eating food, and after using the toilet4
Ensure good hygiene is practiced when swimming. Don’t swim if you have diarrhea, and avoid ingesting any pool water4
Use boiled, bottled or disinfected water for drinking, preparing food and drinks, as well as brushing your teeth5
Avoid ice in drinks5
Avoid eating raw or undercooked meat, fruit and vegetables that you haven’t prepared yourself. It is also advised to avoid eating shellfish and seafood