Travellers’ diarrhoea is the most common illness of travellers to developing countries and can be caused by a variety of bacteria, viruses, worms and other parasites. This month, Dr Mollison outlines advice aimed at preventing disease in intending travellers and for managing those who develop illness.
- Remember the golden rules of safe eating: boil it, peel it or cook it.
- When travelling to developing countries, always use bottled or boiled water and drinks or purify drinking water.
- Prophylactic use of antibiotics, although effective, is generally discouraged because of potential side effects as well as economic and ecological considerations.