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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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2 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?

Actually they were sitting on chairs when eating the pad Thai 👀

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2 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?

This forum never ceases to surprise me at the number of self appointed experts who question medical professionals diagnosis. Thailand is so lucky to have these people.

 

Certain Parasites are often only found in certain types of foods E.g Freshwater fish, shellfish, pork. etc.....and in certain parts of the world. Eg. tropical regions. Asia/ Africa / South America.

 

So if they only ate that one food suceptable to infection of that particular type of parasite, then it's pretty easy to track the source of the infection.

 

And no, don't think for one minute that Thai food is cooked thoroughly either. Most food court "chefs" are in such a hurry, even thin slices of meat often may not be cooked enough. 

 

 

 

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Please tell me how. I have read it can take up to two days for symptoms to develop.
Well, as there are over 250 types of food poisoning to go through they all obviously have different effects and severity. Including different times when you would feel the effects

However a batch of the most common forms of food poisoning start within 1-6 hours

As these guys had an outbreak so late the only accurate way to know is to define the bacteria then whittle it down to what they ate that would or could match

Still not rocket science.....


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8 minutes ago, Chainsaw said:

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!

 

You want a medal?

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more holes in that story than swiss cheese.

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3 hours ago, fforest1 said:

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

NO Way... that would be like blaming being from Perth, being the cause.

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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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7 minutes ago, Time Traveller said:

You want a medal?

Yes please, what a nice gesture! Thanks. 🙏

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Now I know what caused the shits 9 years ago in that small soi sidewalk eatery.

Never can trust a pad thai .... 😥 

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I think it is a long stretch to state eating Pad Thai at a food court as the cause of this  illness.  I came down with a bad case of H. Pylori 10 years ago.  Before this illness I had worked in the Middle East and visited Thailand many times.  But I could never pinpoint where, when and how I got infected?    The Gastroenterologist said these questions could never be answered.  I could have been exposed to this bacteria years ago and the symptoms just manifested at that time?  

 

As in my case it took almost 6 months of doctor visits to get an accurate diagnosis.  One night the pain was so bad I thought I was having a heart attack.  After an expensive emergency room visit my primary doctor referred me to the GI specialist and a subsequent Endoscopy and tissue biopsy.

 

I still have chronic symptoms and it appears it will be something I have manage for life.  But I can’t blame anything or any country for this illness.  

 

This couple may have just defamed the national dish of LOS?  

 

 

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........ I had no memory I couldn't recall anything.......

 

Amnesia for two years. Sheeeeeet......

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I've been eating street food here for 7 years, and never had any issues whatsoever.

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Look it up on Webmd amd NCBI. Could have been contracted from any number of things and not only in Thailand. It also exists in Australia.  Could they be looking for GoFundMe?

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