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Table 3 Characteristics of the episode of travelers' diarrhea for 160 Dutch travelers, stratified by the objective degree of inconvenience.

From: Inconvenience due to travelers' diarrhea: a prospective follow-up study

Objective degree of inconvenience - n(%) Conducted program as planned 107/160 (67%) Forced to alter program 33/160 (21%) Confined to accommodation 20/160 (13%) Total 160 (100%)
Stool frequency - n (%)     
   3 stools/day 64 (60) 11 (33) 1 (5) 76 (48)
   4-5 stools/day 35 (33) 15 (46) 8 (40) 58 (36)
   6-10 stools/day 7 (7) 6 (18) 9 (45) 22 (14)
   > 10 stools/day 1 (1) 1 (3) 2 (10) 4 (3)
Watery stools, duration - n (%)     
   No watery stools 20 (19) 1 (3) 1 (5) 22 (14)
   1 day 37 (35) 11 (33) 4 (20) 52 (32)
   2-3 days 31 (29) 14 (42) 8 (40) 53 (33)
   4-7 days 10 (9) 5 (15) 5 (25) 20 (13)
   > 7 days 9 (8) 2 (6) 2 (10) 13 (8)
Fecal urgency, duration - n (%)     
   No fecal urgency 38 (36) 8 (24) - 46 (29)
   1 day 30 (28) 10 (30) 7 (35) 47 (29)
   2-3 days 22 (21) 10 (30) 6 (30) 38 (24)
   4-7 days 11 (10) 3 (9) 1 (5) 15 (9)
   > 7 days 6 (6) 2 (6) 6 (30) 14 (9)
Abdominal cramps, duration - n (%)     
   No abdominal cramps 32 (30) 3 (9) 2 (10) 37 (23)
   1 day 32 (30) 11 (33) 4 (20) 47 (29)
   2-3 days 30 (28) 12 (36) 6 (30) 48 (30)
   4-7 days 9 (8) 5 (15) 4 (20) 18 (11)
   > 7 days 4 (4) 2 (6) 4 (20) 10 (6)
Nausea, duration - n (%)     
   No nausea 82 (77) 13 (39) 4 (20) 99 (62)
   1 day 17 (16) 9 (27) 6 (30) 32 (20)
   2-3 days 6 (6) 8 (24) 6 (30) 20 (13)
   4-7 days 1 (1) 2 (6) 3 (15) 6 (4)
   > 7 days 1 (1) 1 (3) 1 (5) 3 (2)
Vomiting - n (%)* 13 (12) 12 (36) 7 (35) 32 (20)
Fever - n (%) 6 (6) 8 (7) 11 (55) 17 (11)
Treatment - n (%)     
   Loperamide 29 (27) 11 (33) 14 (70) 54 (34)
   Activated carbon 3 (3) 6 (18) 2 (10) 11 (7)
   Antimicrobial agent 3 (3) 6 (18) 5 (25) 14 (9)
Subjective degree of inconvenience - n (%)     
   None/Minor 58 (54) 5 (15) - 63 (39)
   Moderate 33 (31) 13 (39) 8 (40) 54 (34)
   Large/Severe 16 (15) 15 (46) 12 (60) 43 (27)
  1. *13 additional travelers who did not have diarrhea reported vomiting; 10 additional travelers who did not have travelers' diarrhea according to the definition, reported abdominal cramps.