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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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7 minutes ago, Sonhia said:

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... 

Should not make up stories.  Every Thai hospital would have loaded up with antibiotics that would have cured any bacterial infection.   

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sounds like a load of Bu..ocks to me.
Any Parasitologist would have treated them immediately and properly.
Very strange that two years after, they blame the Thai food, instead of looking for ways to get the physicians that refused to treat them barred.
The Health system were they were allegedly seeking for help, seems to be in need of a big overhaul, if this were all true.

Having said that, maybe they are just looking for a boost in the clicks on their online business that they were apparently to weak to keep up.

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Pad Thai is a cooked food, unless the parasite eggs existed in raw vegetables that are available for Pad Thai customers.

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on another news site it was an american couple no kids involved and the woman looked a whole lot better

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Not likely that the Phad Thai infected them...

How to get infected :

  1. Accidentally swallowing pinworm eggs (which might protect this fragile parasite) or the eggs of other parasites.
  2. Swallowing something, such as water or food, or touching (and bringing your fingers to your mouth) something contaminated with stool from someone infected with D.fragilis How to Is it contageous ?   Environmental sources of infection are also unlikely because evidence suggests D.fragilis is transmitted via the fecal-oral route by direct transmission, and although the trophozoites do not seem to last long in the environment after being excreted, the organism is still highly transmissible and contagious

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18 minutes ago, Number 6 said:

Absolute tripe. I think these poor people go to great lengths and the hygiene is perfectly fine. I'm never sick.

 

same here, eating most any local food and love street food.
including water and ice from "very quick and casual very much" restaurants, at sit down street stalls, or from fresh juice vendors.

only thing I avoid is sashimi and sushi on street stalls, but that seems common sense to me and is not about Thai food.

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2 minutes ago, FredGallaher said:

Guys. I think we've been trolled on this. It's a bunch of BS. 

only thing missing is the link to the victims' website 😉

 

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i had a similiar experience in pattaya 2 years ago i ate in a clean hotel diner place in soi buakhoa i went to the toilet washed my hands the chef came out the toilet no washing of hands and back cooking and next day food poisoning i was ill for a week . Then when i returned to the uk i went to the doctor had a blood test and same day was told to get up to the surgery again as i had that bacteria and parasite explained to me by the doctor and told very common in thailand to get it . I was put on Penicillin for 10 days to kill it but im still wary of eating in many places there now due to food poisoning .

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22 minutes ago, Number 6 said:

Absolute tripe. I think these poor people go to great lengths and the hygiene is perfectly fine. I'm never sick.

 

When I eat in the street I always drink the iced water. You don't know what the hell you're talking about. Perfectly fine.

 

Bangkok water out of the tap. No problems.

 

Routinely purchase discounted meat at Max Value 50% off. You know it's been sitting. Milk from Big C. Last day of expiration. Crack it open a week later. Takes a week for wife to finish it. Zero problems.

 

Another falang that can't handle Thailand on its own terms.

the real question is why you cannot afford the 1 baht reverse ozmosis water???

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Giardia can cause similar problems.

Eat out, get the runs, and take Imodium etc and you feel ok for a few days then it kicks in again.

After 2 or 3 times you should realise that somethings wrong.

The biggest pain is when you get your poo checked and they know it's giardia you can't indulge in the amber neck oil etc.

Seems it can even survive being frozen for a while and that's one of the reasons I never have ice in my drinks.

I was travelling between Korea and Thailand regularly when I got it so I can't say where I picked it up.

Even after you've got rid of it it takes quite a while for your intestines to get 'back on track' shall we say.

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4 hours ago, AlfonsV said:

First I came and now I stay in Thailand thus I have food experience of 35 years. During this period I had food poisening 4 times, each time 1 day, i.e. about once in a decade. Once I got lamblya because a young dog succeeded to lick my lips, but this was an easy diagnosis and treatment. However I have to say that I always ate vegetarian and during the last about 6 years vegan. Meat and seafood in hot climate is more dangerous than at home anyway. 

Did eating vegetarian give you early stage dementia? You posted the whole thing twice, once on page 6 then again on page 7

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7 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.

 

 

 

Worst case of food poisoning I ever had was from Singapore Airlines Business class. Had to have injection and medication at Changi airport before catching my connecting flight - to which I was wheeled out in a wheel chair.

 

I would suggest there is absolutely no way on earth that these people or their doctors can possibly know which dish they ate, or where, it was that contained the parasite. Seems more a case of them jumping to a conclusion in order to blame something/someone. Unlucky, but it can happen to anyone anywhere.

 

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1 hour ago, 4MyEgo said:

 

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.

If that first world country you are referring to is Australia, it averages about 5 million cases of food poisoning a year. Pretty high for a population of 23 million people.

A former GF, who co-owned a restaurant in Canada, said people would never eat in any restaurant if they saw what went on in the kitchen.

I've travelled all over the world too. Been sick from food poisoning once here in ten years, a frozen meal.

Having said that, I am rather watchful. I don't eat food that is not cooked in front of me in a food court. I go to restaurants and street stalls that have a lot of customers. I regard ice in beer as an abomination. I only drink water I have boiled myself.

Fussbudgets like myself rarely have problems. It's the careless ones who get themselves in doo-doo.

 

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