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Cyclospora Is Just An “Additional Common Culprit” That Can Ruin Your Trip

Cyclospora was mentioned as among the “additional common culprits”  in an excellent and timely update on “Traveler’s Diarrhea.” in the New York Times.

In addition to covering the infectious causes, food and water precautions, preventive drugs and treatments, the newspaper also provides a current risk by country analysis.  It says:

“High-risk destinations include most of the developing countries of Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. The risk varies widely, however. In different studies, 73 percent of children who traveled to Africa, 61 percent who went to India, 55 percent of travelers to Asia, and 39.5 percent of travelers to South America experienced diarrhea.”

The Traveler’s Diarrhea guide says:

“A number of infectious organisms, including bacteria, parasites, and viruses, can cause diarrhea in travelers. These organisms are most often transmitted through contaminated food and water”  Included in the list:  “Additional common culprits are the bacteria Salmonella, parasites (Cryptosporidiosis, Cyclospora. microsporidia), and rotavirus (usually in Latin America).

Travelers should save this handy reference.