Don't rely on drinking wine to prevent traveller's diarrhoea

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7031.642b (Published 09 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:642
  1. Kim A Cook,
  2. Paul S Mead,
  3. Eric D Mintz
  1. Epidemic Intelligence Service fellow Epidemic Intelligence Service fellow Chief, diarrhoeal diseases epidemiology section Foodborne and Diarrhoeal Diseases Branch, Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Disease, National Center for Infectious Disease, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mailstop A-38 Atlanta, Georgia, USA

    EDITOR,—Martin E Weisse and colleagues report that, in vitro, wine has greater antimicrobial activity against salmonella, shigella, and Escherichia coli than bismuth salicylate.1 To determine whether there is epidemiological support for these findings we reviewed reports of investigations of outbreaks conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from January 1983 to the end of December 1995. We also conducted a Medline search of literature published since 1966.

    We identified five CDC reports of outbreaks that listed shigella, salmonella, or E coli as the causative …

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