30-70% Travellers Afflicted with Diarrhea
Bacterial pathogens account for 80-90% of all cases of traveller's diarrhea, most likely due to poor hygiene practices in restaurants. While it is still a good idea to follow the mantra "boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it," studies have demonstrated these precautions have a minimal impact on reducing illness.
Medications to treat and prevent traveller's diarrhea may be among the most important things to pack when travelling. Click here for additional non-drug measures that are wise precautions.