Travelers' diarrhea among U.S. army troops in South Korea

P. Echeverria, G. Ramirez, N. R. Blacklow, Thomas Ksiazek, G. Cukor, J. H. Cross

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A prospective study of diarrhea was conducted among 98 U.S. Army soldiers during their first six weeks in South Korea. Diarrhea developed in 54 (55%) of 98 soldiers and had a mean duration of five days. Infections with Salmonella, Shigella, Vibrio, enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli, enteroviruses, and intestinal parasites were uncommon. Four (8%) of 50 soldiers with documented diarrhea, two (6%) of 32 with a history of diarrhea, and one (3%) of 29 who denied gastrointestinal symptoms had serologic evidence of a recent rotavirus infection. The etiology of diarrhea among U.S. soldiers who had recently arrived in South Korea differed from the etiology among travelers in warmer climates, where enterotoxigenic strains of E. coli were responsible for the majority of cases. Further efforts are needed to define other enteric pathogens in the etiology of diarrhea among new arrivals in different parts of the world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-219
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Volume139
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

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Republic of Korea
Diarrhea
Military Personnel
Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli
Rotavirus Infections
Shigella
Vibrio
Salmonella Infections
Enterovirus
Climate
Parasites
Prospective Studies

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Immunology

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Echeverria, P., Ramirez, G., Blacklow, N. R., Ksiazek, T., Cukor, G., & Cross, J. H. (1979). Travelers' diarrhea among U.S. army troops in South Korea. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 139(2), 215-219.

Travelers' diarrhea among U.S. army troops in South Korea. / Echeverria, P.; Ramirez, G.; Blacklow, N. R.; Ksiazek, Thomas; Cukor, G.; Cross, J. H.

In: Journal of Infectious Diseases, Vol. 139, No. 2, 1979, p. 215-219.

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Echeverria, P, Ramirez, G, Blacklow, NR, Ksiazek, T, Cukor, G & Cross, JH 1979, 'Travelers' diarrhea among U.S. army troops in South Korea', Journal of Infectious Diseases, vol. 139, no. 2, pp. 215-219.
Echeverria P, Ramirez G, Blacklow NR, Ksiazek T, Cukor G, Cross JH. Travelers' diarrhea among U.S. army troops in South Korea. Journal of Infectious Diseases. 1979;139(2):215-219.
Echeverria, P. ; Ramirez, G. ; Blacklow, N. R. ; Ksiazek, Thomas ; Cukor, G. ; Cross, J. H. / Travelers' diarrhea among U.S. army troops in South Korea. In: Journal of Infectious Diseases. 1979 ; Vol. 139, No. 2. pp. 215-219.
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