Increase in Health Issues for Travellers with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBD)

Those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBD) who travel to highly developed countries may be more prone to acquire travel-related illnesses more than healthy individuals. This was revealed in the February issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

A controlled study was administered by a doctor and colleagues from the Tel-Aviv University in Israel, headed by Dr. Shomron Ben-Horin.  This study involved 222 patients with irritable bowel syndrome and 224 control patients for 1,099 trips outside of Israel.

The study showed 92% or 142 instances of enteric disease present on the subjects. Those with internal bowel syndrome had a 15.1% illness rate compared to 10.9% for the control group. 3.5% of the IBD group had to be hospitalized due to travel-related illnesses.  It was clear from the study made that people who are sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome will most likely get sick while travelling abroad.

Irritable bowel syndrome travellers should be cautious when going out of their home countries. There is a higher risk on acquiring another illness when going to first world countries.  The study also found that illness may be due to flares of IBD rather than contracting the illness from infection or virus while travelling.