Traveller’s diarrhea is a very common illness affecting travellers worldwide. It is caused by a variety of bacteria including E.Coli and Salmonella and viruses such as the norovirus and rotovirus. Traveller’s diarrhea is caused by exposure to contaminated food or water, or can spread person-to-person. Symptoms include fever, nausea / vomiting, abdominal cramping and loose, watery stools. People with Traveller’s diarrhea can get easily dehydrated, so drinking lots of fluids and taking rehydration salts is advised. Taking a vaccine for Traveller’s diarrhea can help prevent the onset of the illness.
Risk of contracting Traveller’s diarrhea occurs worldwide, but is higher risk for travellers to Central and South America, Mexico, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Vaccines available: Dukoral
- Dukoral Product Monograph (PDF Download)
- Dukoral Consumer Information (PDF Download)
- Government of Canada Resource on Traveller’s Diarrhea