Travelers diarrhea is a big problem in the United States, and it’s getting worse.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 16.3 million Americans are sickened with diarrhea every year, with one in 10 people suffering from diarrhea at some point in their lives.
The CDC reports that the number of people with diarrhea has increased from 8.5 million in 2007 to 13.1 million in 2013.
Some people have been so sick that they’ve been hospitalized.
Some hospitals are only equipped to handle about a quarter of the population.
There are more than 9 million Americans with diarrhea-related hospitalizations per year, according to the CDC.
To avoid diarrhea-associated illness, it’s important to take these steps: • Avoid traveling when diarrhea is present, especially during the warmer months.
• Use an antibiotic or an IV to treat diarrhea-caused illness, especially if you are pregnant or nursing.
• Keep food and water clean.
• Avoid eating or drinking in public.
For more information on how to avoid diarrhea, read the CDC’s travel guidance for people who are pregnant, nursing, or have other health conditions.
• Stay hydrated.
Drink plenty of fluids.
For people with dehydration problems, the CDC recommends drinking enough water.
• Limit alcohol and caffeinated drinks.