It has always seemed to us that a comparatively large number of people who spend their holidays abroad—on the Continent—and especially those who deviate from the main streams of tourist routes, return having suffered or suffering from food‐borne intestinal diseases. Are we right in suspecting that the incidence of these intestinal infections is higher in this body of holiday‐makers than in those who perforce enjoy the winds that blow at the end of Blackpool pier or question what the wild waves are saying at Brighton? The occurrence of intestinal symptoms suggesting bacterial food poisoning and shigellosis (dysentery) in so many of one's friends (and their friends) returning from abroad seems to point to this. Despite the fancy names given to the illnesses, such as “Spanish ‘tummy’”, the bulk of the cases are undoubtedly salmonellosis.
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