Journal article

Gastrointestinal infection among international travelers globally

Zoe Greenwood, James Black, Leisa Weld, Daniel O'Brien, Dip Anat, Karin Leder, Frank Von Sonnenburg, Prativa Pandey, Eli Schwartz, Bradley A Connor, Graham Brown, David O Freedman, Joseph Torresi

JOURNAL OF TRAVEL MEDICINE | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Data on relative rates of acquisition of gastrointestinal infections by travelers are incomplete. The objective of this study was to analyze infections associated with oral ingestion of pathogens in international travelers in relation to place of exposure. METHODS: We performed a multicenter, retrospective observational analysis of 6,086 travelers ill enough with any gastrointestinal infection to seek medical care at a GeoSentinel clinic after completion of travel during 2000 to 2005. We determined regional and country-specific reporting rate ratios (RRRs) in comparison to risk in northern and western Europe. RESULTS: Travel to sub-Saharan Africa (RRR = 282), South America (RRR =..

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