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Travel medicine update

Travellers’ diarrhoea: a guide for GPs

Jonathan Cohen

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Abstract

Travellers’ diarrhoea is one of the most common problems faced by travellers. Although most travellers present to their GP primarily for relevant travel vaccinations and/or malaria prophylaxis, it is important to spend time discussing both the risk of acquiring travellers’ diarrhoea and self-treatment strategies.
Correction
A correction for this article will be published in the July 2019 issue of Medicine Today. The online version and the full text PDF of this article (see link above) have been corrected.

Article Extract

Travellers’ diarrhoea (TD) is widely acknowledged as one of the most common diseases occurring in travellers with 30 to 70% affected either when away and/or on their return.1-3 Although the disease may be mild, progression to moderate or severe disease can occur, which can be incapacitating. Diarrhoeal disease remains a relevant cause of death in young children in developing countries; however, mortality from TD is extremely unlikely.4

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