Patch Protects Travelers From Pesky Stomach Bugs

E. coli takes fewer tourists hostage with new development
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2008 5:20 PM CDT
Bread from the back of a truck? Just be careful.   (Magnum Photos)
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(Newser) – Tourists could soon have a new accessory to add to travel-sized toothpaste tubes and electrical adapters: an anti-diarrhea patch. A new US study shows that travelers wearing a “transcutaneous immunization” patch, loaded with E. coli toxins, reliably protected wearers against diarrhea and vomiting, the BBC reports. Those who did get sick bounced back much more quickly than a control group. (Read more diarrhea stories.)