Traveler's Diarrhea: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/4/2020

Traveler's diarrhea is a gastrointestinal illness that affects people traveling to different places.

Signs and symptoms of traveler's diarrhea can range from mild to severe. Symptoms and signs include the

In certain cases, fever, bloody stools, or other associated symptoms may be present, depending on the cause of the infection.

Causes of traveler's diarrhea

Eating food contaminated with bacteria or, less commonly, with parasites or viruses causes traveler's diarrhea. Some of the known agents that can cause the condition include E. coli, Salmonella, Shigella, norovirus, and rotavirus. Giardia lamblia and cryptosporidium are examples of parasitic infections that can cause traveler's diarrhea.

Other traveler's diarrhea symptoms and signs

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References
Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.