Before departing on their long awaited vacation, visit, or business trip to a foreign land, many Americans pack an ample supply of various pharmaceuticals for treatment of an anticipated diarrheal illness. The medications that they carry are as varied as the names given this affliction. Not to be taken lightly, this illness, most commonly referred to as travelers' diarrhea, has compromised the activity of American troops stationed in Europe and Vietnam, limited the performance of Olympic athletes, and altered the best laid plans of scientific visitors to international congresses. The clinical syndrome of travelers' diarrhea generally follows a typical pattern….
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