"What do you do if you find yourself with a rumbling tummy while traveling overseas? Follow these tips to prevent or treat travelers’ diarrhea and still enjoy your international trip.
What is it?
Travelers’ diarrhea is caused by a variety of pathogens but most commonly bacteria found in food and water, often related to poor hygiene practices in local restaurants. An estimated 30% to 70% of travelers experience travelers’ diarrhea, depending on where they go and what time of year. Countries are generally divided into 3 risk groups: high, intermediate, and low.
- Destinations with high risk: Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, and Central and South America.
- Destinations with intermediate risk: Eastern Europe, South Africa, and some Caribbean islands.
- Destinations with low risk: the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Northern and Western Europe..."