Expert issues travel health advice

An expert has issued three top tips for avoiding traveller's diarrhoea while visiting exotic locations.

According to Dr Georges Mouton, an international intestinal health expert, tourists visiting exotic countries are particularly at risk from bacterial infections that cause diarrhoea.

Dr Mouton explained that the balance of bacteria in the intestine is fragile and can easily be disrupted in tropical and sub-tropical countries, where the food and drink is commonly contaminated with salmonella and pathogenic strains of Escherichia coli (E.coli).

The expert issued the following travel health advice: "There are three simple ways to reduce your chances of contracting diarrhoea while on holiday.

"Regular hand washing, minimising intake of raw foods and avoiding tap water when abroad are the basic precautions, but the most effective solution is to take a specially formulated probiotic."

Statistics suggest that between 20 and 50 per cent of international travellers suffer from diarrhoea while on holiday, and the top four emerging holiday hotspots for 2008 - Tunisia, Egypt, Thailand and India - are all areas where tourists should take particular care over their travel health.

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