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Risk Factors for Traveler's diarrhea

List of Risk Factors for Traveler's diarrhea

The list of risk factors mentioned for Traveler's diarrhea in various sources includes:

Risk factors discussion:

The most important determinant of risk is the traveler's destination. High-risk destinations are the developing countries of Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Persons at particular high-risk include young adults, immunosuppressed persons, persons with inflammatory-bowel disease or diabetes, and persons taking H-2 blockers or antacids. Attack rates are similar for men and women. The primary source of infection is ingestion of fecally contaminated food or water. (Source: excerpt from Travelers' Diarrhea: DBMD)

About risk factors:

Risk factors for Traveler's diarrhea are factors that do not seem to be a direct cause of the disease, but seem to be associated in some way. Having a risk factor for Traveler's diarrhea makes the chances of getting a condition higher but does not always lead to Traveler's diarrhea. Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting Traveler's diarrhea. For general information and a list of risk factors, see the risk center.


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