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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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They only ate one dish of food the whole time they were here.? 

Almost impossible to get a parasite from a freshly cooked meal. More likely from sushi, undercooked fish or meat. From contaminated water or unwashed fruit, vegetable salad.  They dragged going t

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

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23 minutes ago, lannarebirth said:

 

Yep. I'm thinking the Hoy Tod may be prepared from yesterdays seafood that didn't sell. If I try it again I'll pick the fresh ingredients myself.

 

Or you might be sensitive to shellfish. Many people are.

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3 minutes ago, Tropicalevo said:

Or you might be sensitive to shellfish. Many people are.

You don't want to get in my way at the all you can eat crab buffet. And while you're looking out for me I'm looking to stay out of my wife's way.

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1 hour 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.

No one claimed that they had food poisoning.

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8 minutes ago, Tropicalevo said:

Or you might be sensitive to shellfish. Many people are.

If you collect bivalve molluscs (oyster, razor clams, cockles, mussels) from the wild and eat them raw, there is a reasonable chance you will poison yourself.

The list of possible toxic agents is long and worrying. Bacteria, such as E coli, are almost always present at some level in any bivalve. There is also a risk in some areas of pollution from heavy metals and industrial compounds. The most exotic of infestations are the algal species that can suddenly arise in so-called algal blooms. These produce an interesting variety of toxins with an interesting variety of symptoms.

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So many times I have to get angry in this house to get anything cleaned the slightest, same for keeping foods for because of not wanting to throw it away.
I am surprised the Thais who do this, are still alive. I told her to either fix the mess or I will hire someone to do it, or leave.

I have felt the strangest things from food here, sometimes making me feel bad for days. 
Specially when I come back from a trip in Chonburi or Bangkok and similar.

To be honest I am still confused by it as I always thought these Thais are so clean, but I would say opposite is true.
Unless cleaning the floor quickly, with a 10x used dwell, counts.

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17 minutes ago, Andrew65 said:

On my daily walks at sun-up in Bangkok I would often see rats scurrying over parked-up food stalls.

 

Also, I wouldn't eat raw seafood even if I'd seen it caught, killed and served in front of me, I don't eat any kind of raw meat or seafood, period. I don't care how good someone else says it is.

 

Two times in Bangkok friends ate oysters, they were both seriously ill for days afterwards.

 

As far as look and smell goes, oysters are the most disgusting things (also, "people eat with their eyes").

OK, you are basically just saying you won't eat sea food on any kind because you don't like any of it... from the thousands of different sea foods you could try.. you don't like a single one... even without trying them? Wow.  

 

Have you ever tried an oyster?  

 

So what if you saw rats on your walks.  Do you think there are no rats in the back of the supermarkets, the food stores, the farang restaurants in the city?  

 

I guess its 'out of sight out of mind' for you.  Something wrapped in plastic and date stamped and looking pretty is in your view safe and delicious.  

 

 

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Load of sensationalizing ! 

There was no "food poisoning" it was a "parasite", that could have been picked up in many places, so to pin it to one specific meal on one specific day, two year earlier is nonsense.(IMHO).

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1 dish of Pad Thai...

They must have eaten many places while on holiday, The yet I do not recall a outbreak of food poisoning from a food court? yet both of them got sick? yet no one else and no Public Health officials running round shutting down food courts???

This smells like a tart's knickers draw... 

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5 minutes ago, jak2002003 said:

OK, you are basically just saying you won't eat sea food on any kind because you don't like any of it... from the thousands of different sea foods you could try.. you don't like a single one... even without trying them? Wow.  

 

Have you ever tried an oyster?  

 

So what if you saw rats on your walks.  Do you think there are no rats in the back of the supermarkets, the food stores, the farang restaurants in the city?  

 

I guess its 'out of sight out of mind' for you.  Something wrapped in plastic and date stamped and looking pretty is in your view safe and delicious.  

 

 

I would never eat an oyster.

 

On one of the occasions of food-poisoning by oyster that I mentioned, this occurred at a five star hotel in Bangkok, not even a food stall. (I will not name the hotel because I don't wish to impugn what is probably otherwise a good reputation).

 

"If you collect bivalve molluscs (oyster, razor clams, cockles, mussels) from the wild and eat them raw, there is a reasonable chance you will poison yourself.

The list of possible toxic agents is long and worrying. Bacteria, such as E coli, are almost always present at some level in any bivalve". 

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Blaming Thailand and the street food is totally insane.

 

  There's other food that could be way more dangerous. I've never had any issues after eating Paad Thai, btw. 

 

 

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