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Causes of Traveler's diarrhea

Primary Cause of Traveler's diarrhea

The primary cause of Traveler's diarrhea is the result:

  • of eating food from an animal infected with an infectious agent, or from food that is contaminated from the food handler (who is infected with Traveler's diarrhea), or from contaminated soil or water, or from toxins produced by an infectious organism.
  • of an infectious agent.

Traveler's diarrhea Causes: Risk Factors

The following conditions have been cited in various sources as potentially causal risk factors related to Traveler's diarrhea:

Traveler's diarrhea Causes: Male-Female Gender Ratio

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

Traveler's diarrhea: Geographical Location Profile

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

Traveler's diarrhea: Related Medical Conditions

To research the causes of Traveler's diarrhea, consider researching the causes of these these diseases that may be similar, or associated with Traveler's diarrhea:

Traveler's diarrhea: Causes and Types

Causes of Broader Categories of Traveler's diarrhea: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

What causes Traveler's diarrhea?

Causes: Traveler's diarrhea: The primary source of infection is ingestion of fecally contaminated food or water. (Source: excerpt from Travelers' Diarrhea: DBMD)
Article excerpts about the causes of Traveler's diarrhea:
Infectious agents are the primary cause of TD. Bacterial enteropathogens cause approximately 80% of TD cases. The most common causative agent isolated in countries surveyed has been enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC). ETEC produce watery diarrhea with associated cramps and low-grade or no fever. Besides ETEC and other bacterial pathogens, a variety of viral and parasitic enteric pathogens also are potential causative agents. (Source: excerpt from Travelers' Diarrhea: DBMD)

Related information on causes of Traveler's diarrhea:

As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Traveler's diarrhea may be found in:


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