Yes, many parts of the world are facing trouble pandemic in this Summer.
However, do you have any plans to travel abroad?
Getting ready to visit the nice places and enjoy the local culinary, but...have you ever have stomach flu when you enjoy traveling?
It does annoy you and sometimes it ruins your traveling schedules.
You are not alone, that happened to me, and many of us. In every 10 person, 3 to 7 person have this experience.
This stomach flu causes loose or watery stool, also known as diarrhea, and it's almost common in travelers. This stomach flu is called the Traveler's Diarrhea (TD).
Why do you get stomach flu when travel?
When I traveled to the warmer area and an area with poor public hygiene, that easy for me to get infected the stomach flu.
These areas do not have access to plumbing and latrine, so you can imagine that the amount of stool contaminated and more accessible to flies.
Whenever an area has lack of safe water. electricity frequent to black out, and lack refrigerators will increase risk to the stomach flu.
The stomach flu is caused by many pathogens from contaminated water, prepared food, and utensils. Bacteria is the most commons cause, such as E. coli, Campylobacter jejuni, Shigella, dan Salmonella.
Viruses, such as norovirus also contribute to the somach flu. Parasites is less common.
How do you know that you got TD?
Knowing the symptoms, such as suddenly I have loose stool or watery stool, bloating, urgency using bathroom, vomiting, belly pain, tired, and fever.
When this symptoms mild, it goes away, but when severe I need to call health care provider.
How does you prevent TD?
I always make sure do not eat food from unknown sources, do not put ice in drinks, and only drink sealed bottle water. Avoid to eat raw fruits and salads, raw meat, selfish, and unpasteurized milk or yogurt.
I always carry traveler size of alcohol sanitizer, tissue, and liquid soap in my purse. Some medications for TD prophylaxis are always along with other cases.