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Travellers’ diarrhea

Travellers Diarrhea

What is travellers’ diarrhea?

Travellers’ diarrhea develops after ingesting food or drink that is contaminated by either a bacteria (including E. coli, Salmonella, Shigella and Campylobacter), a virus (such as norovirus and rotavirus) or a parasite (Giardia, Crytosporidium, Cyclospora and others). The pathogen can also be transmitted by hand or through objects.

Travellers’ diarrhea is defined as the passage of 3 or more loose stools within 24 hours.

Preventing diarrhea related to Traveller’s Diarrhea

Preventive measures are the best way to protect yourself against diarrhea related to Traveller’s . In some areas of the world, certain measures are critical.

The information provided is for personal use, reference and education only and is not intended to be a substitute for a Physician’s advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your healthcare professional for specific information on personal health matters.

Before taking any over-the-counter medication, always ask the pharmacist if the product is safe for you to take.

Source: Public Health Agency of Canada (phac-aspc.gc.ca)
Source: Canadian Paediatric Society
Source: Guide d’intervention santé-voyage
Source: Government of Canada: travel.gc.ca
Source: WHO