oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - Empiric self-therapy for traveller's diarrhoea : travel medicine forum

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-8782
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1084



Travellers' diarrhoea (TD) is the most common affliction encountered by travellers, and is associated with the ingestion of contaminated food and/or water. It can be most disruptive, and empiric self-therapy has been advocated by many practitioners to reduce disruption to the travel itinerary. TD can occur in up to 80% of travellers and is more likely to manifest in those travelling from developed to developing countries, where standards of hygiene are not optimal. It also depends on the food risk-taking behaviour of the traveller. However, there appears to be a decrease in faecal-orally transmitted diseases among travellers at the travel destination due to better hygienic standards.

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