Prevention and treatment of travelers' diarrhea

David R. Tribble*

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This chapter focuses on the most common population at risk for travelers' diarrhea (TD), which is a traveler from an industrialized country traveling to a less developed region with higher rates of enteropathogens, particularly bacterial, than the traveler's country of origin. The clinical syndrome consists of both an increased frequency of bowel movements, along with a change in stool consistency to loose and/or liquid form. "Typical" TD represents a spectrum of illness from a fleeting mild diarrhea without associated symptoms or activity limitation to a serious dehydrating and/or febrile dysentery requiring hospitalization. Bacterial enteropathogens are the predominant etiologic agents associated with TD. The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) guidelines classified pretravel counseling regarding high-risk food/beverage avoidance to prevent TD as a conditional recommendation, though with very low-level evidence of efficacy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvidence-based Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781119211419
ISBN (Print)9781119211389
StatePublished - 5 Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • Bowel movements
  • Clinical syndrome
  • Etiologic agents
  • Travelers' diarrhea


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