Traveler’s diarrhea is the most common health problem of international travelers. Traveler’s diarrhea is the main infectious disease reported in persons traveling abroad. Among the microorganisms responsible, bacteria represent approximately 61% . Watery and persistent diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps were common complaints. 4,800 Brazillians are diagnosed with Traveler’s diarrhea. Brazil and other developing countries are highest risk of destinations with Traveler’s diarrhea.
Even if you don't treat traveler's diarrhea, it will usually go away in 4 to 5 days. You should drink plenty of clear liquids to replace lost fluids due to the diarrhea. Taking medicine to treat traveler's diarrhea may make you feel better more quickly. It often is treated with antibiotics (medicines that kill bacteria). Further research is being conducted to determine the best surveillance interval to monitor these stools. All individuals traveling to a high-risk area are encouraged to carry antibiotics for self-treatment of TD. To date, 3 antibiotics have been found to be effective for shortening the duration of TD, these drugs include fluoroquinolone (ciprofloxacin or levofloxacin), rifaximin (Xifaxan, Salix), and azithromycin.