Summer holiday trend: more travellers at risk of infection

With more and more people choosing to holiday in exotic locations it’s predicted the incidence of travellers’ diarrhoea could rise this summer.

A survey forecasting travel trends for 2008 named Tunisia, Egypt, Thailand and India as the top four emerging holiday hotspots*, however all the countries are also black spots for poor hygiene.

Dr Georges Mouton, an international intestinal health expert, says holidaying in exotic countries increases the likelihood of contracting bacterial infections that cause diarrhoea.

“The balance of bacteria in the intestines is fragile and can easily be disrupted. It’s not uncommon for food and drink in tropical or sub-tropical countries to be contaminated by harmful bacteria such as Salmonella and pathogenic strains of Escherichia coli (E.coli).”

Statistics show that each year around 20 – 50 per cent of international travellers suffer from travellers’ diarrhoea**, however this figure can be significantly reduced by taking some basic precautions.

“There are three simple ways to reduce your chances of contracting diarrhoea while on holiday,” says Dr Mouton.

“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.”

Travla, from DTECTA Probiotics, has been proven to reduce the likelihood of contracting travellers’ diarrhoea to just five per cent***. The product is uniquely formulated with three different strains of bacteria, specifically chosen for their ability to coat the lining of the intestines to support the immune system, flush out pathogenic bacteria and have therapeutic benefits against diarrhoea.

DTECTA’s probiotics are sugar-free and formulated with friendly bacteria that are hardy enough to withstand the tough stomach environment, making them to best products on the market. Using Travla will ensure you have the best protection from infection when holidaying this summer.

Travla costs £7.49 and is available from Waitrose, Lloyds Pharmacy, independent pharmacies, online retailers and health food shops nationwide. For further information please visit or call DTECTA on 01264 369936.

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