What is Traveler’s Diarrhea?
Traveler’s diarrhea (dysentery, Montezuma’s revenge) is usually a self-limiting episode of diarrhea that results from eating food or water that is contaminated with bacteria or viruses. Traveler’s diarrhea is most common in developing countries that lack resources to ensure proper waste disposal and water treatment. Onset is often sudden and usually lasts 3-5 days or longer. The severity of diarrhea can vary and can be accompanied by cramps, bloating, nausea, vomiting and /or fever. In severe cases, life-threatening dehydration can occur, especially in babies, young children and the elderly. It is estimated that up to 40% of travelers experience some form of traveler’s diarrhea.