What is the role of travel history in determining etiology in bacterial gastroenteritis?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Jennifer Lynn Bonheur, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Travel history is an important and a useful clue in determining bacterial etiology. Enterotoxigenic E coli is the leading cause of traveler's diarrhea. RotavirusShigella, Salmonella, and Campylobacter species are prevalent worldwide and need to be considered, regardless of specific travel history.


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