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. The estimated 5-year prevalence of people in France affected with Traveler’s diarrhea is 3.1 per 100,000. Total prevalence rate for both sexes in France is 2.9 per 100,000. Prevalence rate for men and women 8.1 and 7.0 per 100,000 respectively in France.
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). 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.