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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.

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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