Travellers’ diarrhoea (TD) continues to be the most frequent health problem in travellers1. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Travellers’ Diarrhoea is a clinical syndrome resulting from microbial contamination of ingested food and water2. It occurs during or shortly after travel, most commonly affecting people travelling from an area of more highly developed hygiene and sanitation infrastructure to a less developed one.
Travellers’ Diarrhoea is characterised by the fairly abrupt onset of loose, watery or semi-formed stools associated with abdominal cramps and rectal urgency. Symptoms may be preceded by gaseousness, abdominal cramping, vomiting and fever. In almost a third of Travellers’ Diarrhoea victims, the symptoms will be severe enough to confine them to bed.