India worst for stomach ailments for Swedes
TT/The Local/vt · 5 Jan 2011, 09:33
Published: 05 Jan 2011 09:33 GMT+01:00
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The Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control (Smittskyddsinstitutet, SMI) has list the countries where travellers are most likely to be affected by diarrhea and vomiting, according to newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
Top of the list is India, followed by Indonesia. Other countries include Morocco, Thailand, Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey and Bulgaria. In addition, there is also a risk of Swedish tourists getting sick in Greece, France, Portugal and Spain, although the odds are not as high.
In India, the risk for campylobacter is high. Salmonella is also very common there, as well as in Indonesia, Thailand, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Turkey and Bulgaria.
Shigella, which causes stomach pain, diarrhea and bloody stool, is most common in India and Egypt.
Other infections that tourists are at risk of contracting include hepatitis A and B in Egypt, the rest of Africa, Turkey and the Middle East, dengue fever in Thailand and South America and malaria, which is prevalent across large parts of the world.