Risk factors

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  • Travelers are at increased risk to get diarrhea, dysentery and food poisoning.
  • Children (less than 5 years) are at a higher risk than adults to get serious complications due to diarrhea and dehydration.
  • People exposed to carriers (who do not suffer from the disease but spread it, as cooks, baby sitters and attendants) are at increased risk.
  • People eating out (restaurants, hotels, shops) frequently, especially in unhygienic places put themselves at risk.


  • People taking pills without consulting the doctor (i.e., over the counter drugs) are potential candidates for diarrhea due to drugs.
  • Elderly people and pregnant women are at a high risk because of low (compromised) immunity.