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Holiday from hell: How eating Pad Thai from food court in Thailand left Aussie couple with debilitating illness

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4 hours ago, Chelseafan said:

I'll tell you what, you're not wrong. Twice now I've got food poisoning and on both occasions it was on Emirates travelling first 😞

 

I would of thought a pad thai was fairly safe as it's cooked in hot oil which would probably kill most of the bacteria.

 

 

   Worse case of food poisoning I ever had ...I got at an open air fair and market in Toronto, Canada... a first world advanced country. I ate macaroni salad made with mayonaise from one of the vendors.

           Throwing up and diarrhea like crazy...  very painful stomach....  The thought that dying might be better than the suffering I was going through actually occured to me. That's how bad it was.  

  Half a year in the tropics in Thailand and Cambodia over two trips.. even visiting isolated poverty stricken areas and sharing the poor villager's food with them.... I never got sick at all.  

         Having taken two doses of Dukoral oral vaccine three weeks apart before getting on the plane for each trip might have given me effective protection against things like Cholera and E.Coli bacterial infection from food and water. 

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I have seen farangs shell out hundreds of $ or € in an evening for booze and the girls....but getting real stingy the next day when it came to eat in a decent place...

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4 hours ago, BobbyL said:

It is great how two years later they can specifically say it was the Pad Thai. Did they keep their stools after that meal as evidence?

Stainless steel stools where I had padthai moo today.

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5 hours ago, Chelseafan said:

I'll tell you what, you're not wrong. Twice now I've got food poisoning and on both occasions it was on Emirates travelling first 😞

 

I would of thought a pad thai was fairly safe as it's cooked in hot oil which would probably kill most of the bacteria.

 

 

  I would have thought the same thing...  the hot oil and hot water used by most street vendors should kill parasites.  I would've thought that street vendors are pretty safe.  I've never gotten sick from them. 

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12 minutes ago, Helmet Grunter said:

There is a one tablet kills all available

You mean kill all parasites?Will it work on the current Government/Junta?

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4 hours ago, ChipButty said:

You forgot Mayonnaise a young girl some years ago thought she would stay safe and just eat chips and mayonnaise she didn't manage to get home 

  Mayonnaise goes bad quickly.   You can't leave that stuff sitting around without refridgeration. 

    That's what got me in Toronto, Canada.  Horribly sick and painful stomach with throwing up and diarrhea. 

  Never got sick in Thailand or Cambodia.  

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5 hours ago, Chelseafan said:

I'll tell you what, you're not wrong. Twice now I've got food poisoning and on both occasions it was on Emirates travelling first 😞

 

I would of thought a pad thai was fairly safe as it's cooked in hot oil which would probably kill most of the bacteria.

 

 

Thats going to upset Emerates 

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4 hours ago, bert bloggs said:

When you get food poisoning ,you get it within an hour or so , not days later when you get home ,so their story is a load of rubbish.

  The speed at which food poisoning hits you depends on what it is in the food that gives you food poisoning.  There many parasites and bacterias that can cause it.  Some of them work quicker than others. 

  Five of the most common bacteria types that can give you food poisoning are Salmonella, Listeria, E.coli 0157, Campylobacter and Clostridium perfringens.   There are also amoeba parasites like Giardia that make you sick with diarrhea and throwing up. 

   Lots of things can give you food poisoning....  and they can work quicker or slower than others.  

   Then again.. some people's bodies have a higher natural resistance to them than other people

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4 hours ago, ezzra said:

It's unfair and premature to rubbish a whole country just because they claim they got sick from one dish, parasite can be picked up just about anywhere unsanitary and when you're traveling, there are many such places, to me it looks like sour grapes not happy with Thailand and take it out on a country with 40 million visitors a year with a very little health issues...

  That parasite they got......  guess what ! !   It is also found in their own country of Australia... and also in many places in the world.  Including Los Angeles, California.  

    Not just Thailand...

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3 hours ago, VocalNeal said:

Reporter forgot to add  "found in the gastrointestinal tract of some humans, pigs and gorillas" 

 

So as Pad Thai doesn't contain pork? 

It can contain pork, chicken or shrimps, depending on what one specifies.

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4 hours ago, lannarebirth said:

I've had food poisoning  exactly twice in Thailand. Both times after eating the same dish, Hoy Tod. It's  freaking delicious, but doesn't  seem to agree with me. Signs arose within the hour, vomitting, then all well. Imay giveit another go next time I'm back.

 

All shellfish are essentially water filters - that is how they get their nutrients to survive. The seawater is sucked in, passes through their digestive system and the waste is then flushed out. Of all seafood they are the most risky to eat because they retain a lot of stuff that is not good for people - cholera being one nasty aspect that one can catch from them.

 

In 24 years of living here I have been sick due to food a handful of times but the 2 worst were with shellfish. Haven't eaten them anywhere in the world for around 15 years now.

 

One of the worst places used to be the bay of Naples due to the untreated sewage that flowed into it but this was cleaned up some years ago now.

 

Thailand has a long way to go on that front sadly.

 

 

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