POLYMICROBIAL AETIOLOGY OF TRAVELLERS' DIARRHOEA

David N. Taylor, Martin J. Blaser, Neil Blacklow, Peter Echeverria, Chittima Pitarangsi, John Cross, Bruce G. Weniger

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Abstract

Of 35 US Peace Corps volunteers in Thailand, 20 (57%) had a total of 30 episodes of diarrhoea during their first 6 weeks in the country. Enteric pathogens were associated with 90% of the episodes. A single pathogen was identified in 17 (57%) episodes, 2-4 pathogens were identified in 10 (33%) episodes, and there were 15 symptomless infections. Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) was identified in 37% of these episodes, and various salmonella serotypes were isolated in 33%. Infections with 9 other enteric pathogens were also identified: Campylobacter jejuni (17%), Plesiomonas shigelloides (13%), Aeromonas hydrophila (10%), Blastocystis hominis (7%), Norwalk virus (7%), Vibrio parahaemolyticus(3%), non-01 Vibrio cholerae (3%), Vibrio fluvialis (3%), and rotavirus (3%). In total, 56 enteric infections were documented in 35 volunteers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)381-383
Number of pages3
JournalThe Lancet
Volume325
Issue number8425
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 16 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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