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Travelers' diarrhea: modern concepts and new developments.
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PMID:  16423310     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Travelers' diarrhea occurs when persons move from industrialized regions to developing countries with reduced hygiene. Bacterial enteropathogens from ingested food are the primary causes. Although it is possible to reduce the occurrence of illness by careful selection of food and beverages, travelers do not seem willing to restrict their diets. Diarrhea is associated with a disability of 24 hours per episode, interfering with travel plans and, of even greater concern, post-diarrhea irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) occurs in up to 10% of patients. The use of rifaximin, a poorly absorbed drug, is likely to become common as an attempt to prevent diarrhea and post-infectious IBS. All travelers to high-risk areas should take with them an effective antibacterial drug (rifaximin, fluoroquinolones, or azithromycin) for self-treatment of diarrhea occurring during travel. Additional work is needed to improve the hygienic conditions found in the developing world into which susceptible persons travel.
Andrew W DuPont; Herbert L DuPont
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current treatment options in gastroenterology     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1092-8472     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Treat Options Gastroenterol     Publication Date:  2006 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-01-20     Completed Date:  2006-03-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9815941     Medline TA:  Curr Treat Options Gastroenterol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  13-21     Citation Subset:  -    
University of Texas Medical Branch, 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77555-0764, USA.
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