Travellers’ Diarrhea is the most common illness affecting international travelers. Travellers’ diarrhea is defined as three or more unformed stools in 24 hours. Travellers’ diarrhea is characterised by fever, abdominal cramps, nausea, and bloating, vomiting and profuse diarrhea lasting for several days that often leads to dehydration.
It is commonly caused by a bacteria called Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) and follows ingestion of contaminated food such as raw foods including salads, unpeeled fruits as well as water.
It is known by many colourful names including Bali Belly, Montezuma’s Revenge, Delhi Belly, and Tourist Trot. Travellers’ diarrhea can seriously affect a business trip or the enjoyment of a holiday. The classic case of Travellers’ diarrhea occurs within days of going to a new area. In almost a third of Travellers’ diarrhea victims, the symptoms will be severe enough to confine them to bed.