Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Video: What bugs are we bringing back from holiday?

Research reveals risk of Travellers' Diarrhoea (TD) is as high as 40% for visitors to certain countries, yet a few simple steps before travelling can prevent a dream holiday from becoming a nightmare.

Every year approximately 80 million people travel from developed to developing countries, and it is estimated that nearly half contract travellers' diarrhoea (TD); making it the most common illness affecting travellers.

Aside from the physical cost, there are high costs in terms of time, money and distress. One third of TD sufferers are forced to abandon their travel plans.

The medical consequences of TD are far from trivial: Research shows that longer term complications may also occur -- a small but significant percentage of travellers with TD have long term bowel problems. Some research shows that a small percentage of TD sufferers go on to develop post-infectious Irritable Bowel Syndrome. However, this is a topic of ongoing debate.

In this video, Dr Jane Wilson- Howarth explains the preventative measures we can take before travelling and while we are away, discusses the symptoms of TD and talks about the measures that we need to take if we experience TD while we are overseas.

For the latest travel health information and to download a free travel health guide, visit www.travellersdiarrhoea.co.uk

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