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What is Traveler's diarrhea?

What is Traveler's diarrhea?

  • Traveler's diarrhea: Various diarrheal conditions often caught on international travel.

Traveler's diarrhea is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Traveler's diarrhea, or a subtype of Traveler's diarrhea, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Traveler's diarrhea: Introduction

Types of Traveler's diarrhea:

Broader types of Traveler's diarrhea:

How many people get Traveler's diarrhea?

Incidence (annual) of Traveler's diarrhea: estimated 10 million (DBMD1)
Incidence Rate of Traveler's diarrhea: approx 1 in 27 or 3.68% or 10 million people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Traveler's diarrhea: Each year between 20%-50% of international travelers, an estimated 10 million persons, develop diarrhea. (Source: excerpt from Travelers' Diarrhea: DBMD)

Who gets Traveler's diarrhea?

Gender Profile for Traveler's diarrhea: Attack rates are similar for men and women. (Source: excerpt from Travelers' Diarrhea: DBMD)

Geography Profile for Traveler's diarrhea: High-risk destinations are the developing countries of Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. (Source: excerpt from Travelers' Diarrhea: DBMD)

How serious is Traveler's diarrhea?

Prognosis of Traveler's diarrhea: Most cases are benign and resolve in 1-2 days without treatment. TD is rarely life-threatening. The natural history of TD is that 90% of cases resolve within 1 week, and 98% resolve within 1 month. (Source: excerpt from Travelers' Diarrhea: DBMD)

What causes Traveler's diarrhea?

Causes of Traveler's diarrhea: see causes of Traveler's diarrhea
Causes of Traveler's diarrhea: The primary source of infection is ingestion of fecally contaminated food or water. (Source: excerpt from Travelers' Diarrhea: DBMD)
Risk factors for Traveler's diarrhea: see risk factors for Traveler's diarrhea

What are the symptoms of Traveler's diarrhea?

Symptoms of Traveler's diarrhea: see symptoms of Traveler's diarrhea

Can anyone else get Traveler's diarrhea?

More information: see contagiousness of Traveler's diarrhea
Inheritance: see inheritance of Traveler's diarrhea

Traveler's diarrhea: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Traveler's diarrhea.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Traveler's diarrhea.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Traveler's diarrhea: Gastroenterologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Traveler's diarrhea.
Treatments for Traveler's diarrhea: see treatments for Traveler's diarrhea
Prevention of Traveler's diarrhea: see prevention of Traveler's diarrhea
Research for Traveler's diarrhea: see research for Traveler's diarrhea

Organs Affected by Traveler's diarrhea:

Organs and body systems related to Traveler's diarrhea include:

Name and Aliases of Traveler's diarrhea

Main name of condition: Traveler's diarrhea

Other names or spellings for Traveler's diarrhea:


Tardive dystonia, Tardive oral dyskinesia, Tardive dyskinesia, Linguofacial dyskinesia, Oral-facial dyskinesia
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Traveler's diarrhea: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Traveler's diarrhea:

1. Traveller's Diarrhea, CDC/DBMD, Nov 21, 2006

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