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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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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. 

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Now that they are safe downunder, they shouldn't have gone public with their story. Its us now suffering the rest of the week due to confrontation to TAT news about Thailand as the 'Kitchen of the World', and how som tam can cure cancer.

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2 hours ago, Anythingleft? said:

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

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They got ill shortly after they got back to striney.

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6 minutes ago, Curt1591 said:

 

I am never without a small squeeze bottle of hand sanitizer ... Not only do I use it before eating, I also use it after riding snot infested public transportation!

The hand sanitizer's a great idea.

I worked in Africa many years ago, there was an outbreak of Cholera amongst the locals. One of the preventative measures enforced to stem the spread was a strict hand-washing regimen, including extra hand-washing facilities.

 

This was a culture where eating with fingers was common, also shared dishes/food.

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1 hour ago, potless said:

It can take 24 to 48 hours to manifest, sometimes longer. Depends on the bug.

 

1 hour ago, potless said:

It can take 24 to 48 hours to manifest, sometimes longer. Depends on the bug.

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

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2 hours ago, Anythingleft? said:

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

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Please tell me how. I have read it can take up to two days for symptoms to develop.

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2 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.

That's not true. You can get FP much later.

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From Wikipedia: "There is a continuous debate whether D. fragilis is considered to be a harmless organism or a pathogenic parasite.[5] Infection with D. fragilis, called dientamoebiasis, is associated variously with symptoms of abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, nausea, fatigue and fever. In one study, D. fragilis was identified in 0.9% of patients observed."  So it isn't at all a certainty whether this bug is to blame or something else.  Apparently many people have it already and don't even notice so yeah... I'd say this is their Aussie doctor reaching for a cause to get them out of his office.  

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

At the fourth time of asking, the couple finally found a doctor who was willing to treat their illness

This must be a lie, or the medical care in Australia is going downhill.

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Did they start a go fund me to pay for their inconvenience?

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3 minutes ago, Chelseafan said:

That's not true. You can get FP much later.

Organism Common Name of Illness Onset Time After Ingesting
Salmonella Salmonellosis 6-48 hours
Shigella Shigellosis or Bacillary dysentery 4-7 days
Staphylococcus aureus Staphylococcal food poisoning 1-6 hours
Vibrio parahaemolyticus V. parahaemolyticus infection 4-96 hours

 

Also:

Signs and symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 infection typically begin three or four days after exposure to the bacteria, though you may become ill as soon as one day after to more than a week later.

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2 hours ago, londonthai said:

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 to doctors and getting just a simple antibiotic for 4 weeks. Over the last 2 years their infection spread, should be treated as soon as they got their first symptoms without affecting their lifes. 

On the first visit to doctors they should point out that they came back from a tropical country and a simple laboratory test will show this parasite. 

The story smell fake, hard to believe their delayed treatment and doctors incompetence

 

 

that one is believed to spread most commonly by the feco-oral route therefore it would mean an employee with poor toilet sanitary habits simply handling the food and or plates.

 

"most infections are believed to be through direct fecal-oral spread "

https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/997239-overview

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Just now, atyclb said:

 

that one is believed to spread most commonly by the feco-oral route therefore it would mean an employee with poor toilet sanitary habits simply handling the food and or plates.

 

"most infections are believed to be through direct fecal-oral spread "

https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/997239-overview

Those that practise TIB with the local ladies would strongly disagree. A friend told me that 

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

Shortly after returning home they both began to feel unwell and completely drained of energy to the point where they could not even get out of bed.

According to the photo, perhaps they should cut their use of steroids....

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I've lived in Thailand for 20 years eating street food on a regular basis all over Thailand. I've had food poisoning twice, once from KFC and once from McDonalds - go figure!

 

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