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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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It wasn't the pad thai that caused the fatigue ….  it was all the banging bom bom and piss drinking sessions they had.

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11 minutes ago, Humpy said:

Which food court, where??

just down from your place ….

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5 hours ago, legend49 said:

Agree in the main first symptoms about 6 hours so you can identify which meal. ! hour is poppycock.

I had a google about it. Chicken seems to be the worst offender. A variety of bugs. Salmonella is one of the quickest I think but one website says up to 72 hours for 1 particular bug. Some years back I read that chicken should not be washed. Apparently the bugs can be carried through the air via water spray and end up on the surrounding area. Keep any ready prepared salad well away. Boring i know but maybe helps someone.

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If it was bacteria yes but a parasite no. A parasite takes time to establish itself while bacteria multiply extremely fast. You can get infected by a parasite today and only see effects in a year or more.

Pretty easy to narrow down the meal that starts an episode of food poisoning.....

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You cannot pinpoint a parasite infection to one dish. Fake news and a fake claim. If you get food poisoning you get sick quickly but a parasite dont make you sick immediately. If they ate sushi or under cooked meat or imported fresh fruit or veggies inside Oz they could have contracted it there.

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8 hours ago, fforest1 said:

Maybe it was airline food that did them in....

That’s a very strong possibility. In November 2014 about 300 passengers on a cruise liner, including myself, came down with food poisoning.

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6 minutes ago, SOUTHERNSTAR said:

This is a parasite not a bacteria and the time untill you get ill is not hours or days but months or years.

Thanks. Though my original post some 7 hours ago was a reply to a post that claimed food poisoning occurs in around an hour of eating. Not strictly related to the original story I know.

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8 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.

 

 

Look at the name, it has the term '...amoeba...' Amoeba are not bacteria and somewhere in the region of 10 times the size and have a more complicated life cycle. The one mentioned in the OP is common in intestines, affects some people and not others. Someone here more leaned than I in the clinical issues could give a better view of this parasite.

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IMHO, Fake. If you pay attention to the food recalls, much more people die from with E-coli and Salmonella back home in the States or Australia than here in Thailand.

 

Most Americans that go to Mexico eventually get what we call "Montezuma's revenge" which is a parasite in the Mexican water, doesn't affect everyone or most Mexicans, but if you got the runs and stomach cramps, blame it on that. I think similar to the parasite these Aussies got. The normal antibiotics and Nsaid for the pain is almost always prescribed, and the effects are short lived.

 

I have never had a parasite or food poisoning and I've lived in some shady places, including the USA, S. Korea, Turkey, Australia, Germany, UK, India and now Thailand.

 

I also suffer from Memory loss, occasional Diarrhea, occasional Constipation, General sluggishness and Memory loss. Seems normal since last I checked, since these are all symptoms of getting old.

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18 minutes ago, potless said:

I had a google about it. Chicken seems to be the worst offender. A variety of bugs. Salmonella is one of the quickest I think but one website says up to 72 hours for 1 particular bug. Some years back I read that chicken should not be washed. Apparently the bugs can be carried through the air via water spray and end up on the surrounding area. Keep any ready prepared salad well away. Boring i know but maybe helps someone.

Using the same cutlery, dishes etc for both cooked & raw meats is another no-no.

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I do know street food is not the cleanest, safest or, really, anything ideal for eating but c'mon, Phad Thai?  Except the meat and eggs there's nothing in there that could make you sick and if you contracted a rare illness from Phad Thai, shouldn't all the others that ate there contract the same illness?  If it was meat, was it still raw when they bit into it?  Did they notice and just say "Hey, honey, you keep eating".  

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8 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?

absolutely kept the stools, both of them, or all 4 of them

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it is a Dientamoeba fragilis  !!!!! 

 

Refer to medical research 

 Please check what these people are saying by accusing Thai food

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2 hours ago, 4MyEgo said:

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.

So how would you know if the Thai chefs that cook for you have been trained in Europe?

slate Thai chefs and Thai restaurants that you haven't eaten in and then say you are not Thai bashing, hilarious, 

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