- Approximately 4.43 million Canadians have travelled to Mexico and the Caribbean during the first eleven months of 2015.
- Enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC)-diarrhea is the most common cause of travellers’ diarrhea in many parts of the world.
- How is enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) diarrhea contracted:
‒ If you eat food or drink water or ice that is contaminated with enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC), you are at risk of getting travellers’ diarrhea.
‒ Enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) can also spread very easily from person to person.
- 98% of travellers have been shown to make a food or water mistake within the first three days of their vacation, increasing their risk of contracting enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC).
- A study assessed the cost of Travellers’ Diarrhea, caused by enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC):
‒ An episode of travellers’ diarrhea was estimated to cost US $1,460, including US $400 per day in travel, time and medical costs.
‒ Those affected lose an average of 3.5 days of vacation time.
- The most common symptoms of enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) are:
‒ Profuse watery diarrhea and abdominal cramping. Other less common symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting, chills, loss of appetite, headache, muscle aches and bloating.
- Ways to prevent enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC):
‒ Cooking food and keeping it hot, peeling fruits and vegetables, and using water that has been boiled or chemically treated with iodine, chlorine, or another disinfectant.