Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Acute Diarrheal Infections in Adults

Mark S. Riddle, MD, DrPH1, Herbert L. DuPont, MD2 and Bradley A. Connor, MD3

1Enteric Diseases Department, Naval Medical Research Center, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA; 2University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas, USA; 3Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York, USA.

Am J Gastroenterol advance online publication, 12 April 2016; doi: 10.1038/ajg.2016.126
Received 23 November 2015; accepted 16 March 2016

Correspondence: Mark S. Riddle, MD, DrPH, Enteric Diseases Department, Naval Medical Research Center, 503 Robert Grant Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, USA.

E-mail: mark.s.riddle10.mil@mail.mil

Abstract

Acute diarrheal infections are a common health problem globally and among both individuals in the United States and traveling to developing world countries. Multiple modalities including antibiotic and non-antibiotic therapies have been used to address these common infections. Information on treatment, prevention, diagnostics, and the consequences of acute diarrhea infection has emerged and helps to inform clinical management. In this ACG Clinical Guideline, the authors present an evidence-based approach to diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of acute diarrhea infection in both US-based and travel settings.

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