Misleading title? I thought food poisoning means getting sick from a buildup of bacterial toxins in improperly-stored food rather than from the bacteria themselves. The other possibility is catching dysentery, typhoid, cholera etc. from contaminated food or water might be called fecal-oral contaminationLADave 04:20, 11 June 2007 (EDT)
I have a sneaky suspicion that most travellers who find themselves expelling liquids from both ends aren't too concerned about the exact nomenclature — and, as the article already states, it's both a) not very easy and b) too late to figure out what caused the problem. Jpatokal 04:25, 11 June 2007 (EDT)
Treatment differs greatly. If you have food poisoning, you want to neutralize or eliminate the toxins and then possibly treat their aftereffects. You shouldn't be taking antibiotics and in a way, vomiting and diarrhea are your friends provided you avoid dehydration. You should not be taking antibiotics.
If you are sick from fecal-oral contamination you usually need medicine that will kill off the specific organisms, or antibiotics to help your body do that. Diarrhea can be serious enough to warrant rehydration therapy.
Also knowing what whether you have food poisoning or an infection tells you what to do in the future. Food poisoning: eat freshly-cooked food and avoid spoiled ingredients. Infection: improve bathroom sanitation, boil or treat water, avoid salads and unpeeled fruit, exclude flies, get your cook tested and treated. LADave 06:13, 11 June 2007 (EDT)
What if we change the article to "Traveller's tummy issues" or "Common gastro-intestinal problems"? We've managed to get along this far without using the word "fecal" in a article title and I'd love to continue the tradition ;-) Maj 08:43, 11 June 2007 (EDT)
Excuse me for asking the obvious, but just how is a traveler supposed to know if he has food poisoning, or fecal-oral contamination, or any of a dozen conditions that cause similar symptoms? The article should concentrate on a) how to avoid getting sick, b) how to treat basic cases, and c) how to recognize the non-basic cases — eg. anything that's not just food poisoning — and that need professional medical care.
All that said, I wouldn't be averse to renaming this, as, say "Travellers' diarrhea" or something along those lines. Jpatokal 11:18, 11 June 2007 (EDT)
While we are into name changing, Tropical diseases is also in need of a more appropriate title or splitting. At the moment the article includes information on such ailments as influenza, HIV, diarrhea etc etc. I'll raise the issue on the TD Talk page. WindHorse 12:09, 11 June 2007 (EDT)
I moved it. LA Dave is correct; this should have been done long ago. Pashley 06:24, 20 August 2010 (EDT)