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Free Tropical Vacation! (If You Try an Experimental Diarrhea Drug)

DiscoblogBy Andrew MosemanDecember 29, 2009 11:37 PM


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It's about that time of year when people return home from spending holidays with the family, only to realize they need a vacation to recover from their vacation. Well, if you're a resident of the U.K. or Germany who's in good health, between 18 and 64 years old, and can keep a diary for two and a half weeks, your vacation to Mexico or Guatemala could be gratis. Oh, and one more thing: You have to be a guinea pig for a potential diarrhea drug. A U.S. vaccine manufacturer called Intercell calls it the "Trek Study." The company says it needs 1,800 volunteers between now and May to visit these locales, where sun-seeking tourists often get diarrhea. But fear not, travelers: A smaller study Intercell did on Americans showed a 75 percent reduction in diarrhea incidence, so perhaps fewer of you will spend your Caribbean holiday in excruciating, gut-wrenching pain than you normally would. From BBC News:

Intercell's clinical director, Nigel Thomas, told the UK's Independent newspaper: "We are looking for people who have already planned to go to Mexico or Guatemala and think this would add another interesting aspect.

"It is almost like going on a package holiday. They will be met by a concierge who will take them to their hotel and arrange for them to give their first blood sample within 48 hours."

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