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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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Another one of those fake stories similar to the Hill Tribe Girl stole my watch. Been coming and going living in Thailand for 20 years only been stomach sick about 5 times in all those years. Hell even Thais get sick and get parasites no big deal there

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low class trailer trash from perth. how can they possibly put it down to one meal..... lose your online business. excuses...

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Listen to all the bashers and wannabe doctors on this post?

 

With absolutely no facts what happened what so ever.

 

Any one that think a food court would have any kind of sane sanitary practices has been in Thailand too long.

 

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, Isaanbiker said:

There's other food that could be way more dangerous.

 

Well, it's not technically a "food" but we eat it anyway!

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1 hour ago, Suradit69 said:

Presumably all of us eat Thai food regularly or at least food prepared by Thais, and yet a few individuals seem to think they alone have any experience doing so.

Like I said, I only eat at places I have eaten before, whether it's in my travels to Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon, Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Krabi etc etc, and unless the wife gives the nod to eat at a new place, you can forget it.

 

I won't eat food prepared by Thai's if I can avoid it, i.e. unless they have been trained overseas whether they have worked in Italy or Germany and the like.

 

Thai workers here do not give a rats about hygiene, an example: we selected a place to eat at a shopping plaza, and I said to the Mrs grab a seat, I am going to the toilet, when I finished my leak, I washed my hands as I usually do, then this guy comes out of the cubical and walks off, doesn't wash his hands, as I sat in the restaurant I said to my wife, lets go, we are not ordering here and stood up to leave, she said why as this lady came to take our order, I said that guy who is in the kitchen just came out of the same toilet as me and didn't wash his hands after a crap, the lady heard my comment, whether she understood English or not is another matter, but my wife told her we changed our mind as my husband saw one of the guys in the kitchen in the toilet who left after doing a number 2 and didn't wash his hands and we left. Now I will ask you this, do you think she would give a rats, probably thought to herself, another fussy farang.

 

Coming from a 1st world country with regulations, inspections and heavy fines for those that breach those health regulations if caught, they can also be shut down, there is nothing like that here in Thailand and I have travelled all over the world, never been sick from food in my life, as for here, well, been on the drip a few too many times, so I have learned to be VERY selective, and would be "one of those individuals who seem to have any experience in doing so".  

 

For the record, not a Thai basher, just stating my experiences here.

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Hmnn, " at the 4th try, they finally found a doctor willing to treat them" This sounds like a story, if I ever heard one.

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Too many replies to go through, but surprised I didn't see the words of wisdom "don't eat at places which are empty".

 

Just go where there are others eating away happily, and you can be (reasonably) assured you will be well!

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To be fair it could have been any dish they ate in Thailand.Thais are used to eating with zero hygene,farangs are not.You play health lottery every time you eat there.Remember one time asking for soap in one restaurant and after much rummmaging one was presented to be on a plate like a magic bar of gold.Some time afterwards my Thai g/f told me it was the soap for the dog.haha.

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Strange story indeed. it is not likely to get sick from freshly cooked Phad Thai.

visiting Thailand for many years; the chance of getting sick from food is not greater than getting sick from food in any other country.

admittedly, the sanitary conditions in some places are not always perfect, especially food vendors in the streets, but generally acceptable.

 

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So they were so fatigued that they could not get out of bed - but it took repeated visits to doctors to determine the cause?  And to finally get a treatment?

And no information on how the doctors determined that it was the particular dish...

 

Something does not seem right here.

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Not so long ago, I had to seek medical advise plus treatment from a Thai hospital which was a waste of time and money! By chance, I met a Doctor from Vietnam. After telling him my signs and symtoms, he advised me that I maybe suffering from the early stages of bowl cancer, so I rushed back to my homeland to undergo tests. Thankfully, I was given the all clear. The prognosis was bacterial infection cause by contaminated food/s comsumed in Thailand.

 

When it comes to hygine, most sellers of food products within Thailand seem to turn a blind eye.  Word of warning, be very careful of iced water! Where did the water orignate from?

 

Paradise... 

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This parasite is found in feces they probably went swimming at a beach in Pattaya.

 

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I've had food poisoning on KAL but other than a quick run to the toilet zero problems with food in Thailand. I routinely pick up food in the street as well. I eat at food courts and high school and university canteens.

 

Never had fever or diarrhea lasting more than 12 hours. 30 years.

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Tainted food can occur anywhere, even in a nanny country like Oz.

 

I have had a cooked large black spider baked into a burger bun from a local fish n chip shop. The bun was cooked by a large bakery. On another occasion at a different burger shop I had a metal staple inside the beef patty. And on another occasion a small single strand of wire in a pasta dish from an Italian restaurant. All in Melbourne. 

 

Melbourne had a salmonella food scare from eggs recalled in March and June this year that affected 7 different brands from one factory source. And in May a recall of many brands of milk with manufacturing contamination. 

 

It's very rare that you hear of any product recalls in Thailand. Eggs purchased from markets and supermarkets are never refrigerated and yet can be at 35C sold as fresh. Pork and chicken really should be washed in a salt water solution to kill any bugs before going in the fridge or freezer. 

 

E-coli contamination, parasites causing guardia and amoebic dysentery are common place also in Thailand as in western countries. 

 

I've been full-time in Thailand for about 4 years and admit to getting a parasitic bug, along with my GF, every 2-3 months. A course of Tinizadole 500mg, same as Flagyl or Fasigyn usually do the trick over 2-3 days and available OTC. Back in Oz would require bloods and stool tests, seeing the doc twice and then a $40 script.. 

 

When you pickup parasites can take up to a week before the symptoms start. The couple from Perth may have picked up their bug anywhere, on the plane, their 5 star accom or eating something after arriving back in Perth. Anything is possible. And any responsible GP knowing their travel history, should have been more proactive and taken blood and stool tests as their first line of action. Seeing 4 doctors over two years is shear incompetence of the couple involved IMO.. If you are sick your want urgent attention for a diagnosis.. 

 

But blaming Pad Thai from a food court is just creating a media headline and unwarranted blame.. And two years post the event. Not good international press exposure detrimental to Thailand's tourism industry. 

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