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Diarrhea is defined as having at least three loose or watery bowel movements within a 24-hour period. Diarrhea can be a symptom of an underlying condition such as gastroenteritis or food poisoning, or a side effect of a medication.
Travellers' diarrhea, sometimes called by more colourful names such as "turista" and "Montezuma's revenge", is an illness that most commonly affects people from industrialized nations who travel to areas with poor standards of hygiene and poor food handling practices. It is spread by ingesting contaminated food or water and exceptionally through direct person-to-person contact. The risk of developing the illness depends on several factors including the destination, the length of the trip and the type of accommodations, the season and the travellers themselves. Most episodes are not severe and resolve on their own within 1 to 5 days.
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