Traveler's diarrhea in children: New insights and existing gaps

Shai Ashkenazi, Eli Schwartz

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Abstract

The number of children accompanying their parents in international travel is increasing steadily, and with the rising global migration, children more frequently accompany their parents or caregivers for visiting friends or relatives (VFR). As compared to travel for tourism, VFR children are at higher risk of acquiring local diseases, as they more often stay in rural areas in resource-poor locations, have longer periods of visit, are less likely to attend pre-travel consultations, and less frequently adhere to recommended precautions. Travelers's diarrhea (TD) is the most common travel-associated illnesses in children. This review updates the existing knowledge on TD in children, regarding its distinctive epidemiology, risk factors, preventive measures, clinical manifestations, complications, causative microorganisms and management. Despite the limited focused research on pediatric TD, which challenges the formulation of children-oriented evidence-based guidelines, practical recommendations are suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101503
JournalTravel Medicine and Infectious Disease
Volume34
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2020

Keywords

  • Children
  • Enteric infection
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Resource-poor countries
  • Travel

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