Traveller's diarrhoea is most commonly caused by food or water contaminated with bacteria. It can also sometimes be caused by viruses or parasites.
The highest risk areas include the Middle East, Africa, Central and South America and Asia.
Symptoms typically last 3 to 4 days, generally settle of their own accord and tend to be mild. Usually, antibiotics are not necessary but may be beneficial in certain circumstances. We can provide the antibiotic Ciprofloxacin as a standby treatment for Traveller's Diarrhoea to take with you before you travel. If however, you already have symptoms of diarrhoea then you will need to see a doctor.
The risk of developing traveller's diarrhoea is dependent on the area you are travelling to:
High-risk: most parts of Asia, Central and South America, Africa and the Middle East.
Medium-risk: Southern Europe, Israel, Russia, some parts of the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands, South Africa.
Low-risk: North America, Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan
There are regional differences in the risk of traveller's diarrhoea and estimates of incidence rates vary in different studies.