Eating and drinking contaminated food and liquids are the main causes of travellers’ diarrhoea, though other factors such as stress, unfamiliar food and increased alcohol consumption may also play a part. Don't let traveller's tummy ruin your trip!
Do you love to travel to exotic destinations and have adventure-packed holidays? There is certainly a thrill in travelling off the beaten path, wandering around bustling local markets in foreign cities and sampling authentic street food.
Unfortunately, these kinds of adventurous behaviour overseas may expose you to innumerable bacteria, viruses and parasites that thrive in such outdoor locations.
Travellers’ diarrhoea occurs in 20-60 per cent of travellers, with those who buy food from street vendors and choose to eat in cafes, restaurants and bars with poor hygiene standards being at higher risk. The risk is greater for young children, the elderly and those with special health needs.
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