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Thaivisa exclusive: Aussie admits parasite might have been in the juice not the Pad Thai

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Just came across the discussion about the Australians who claim to have become sick from eating/drinking while they were in Thailand.  Two things to keep in mind.  First, how long were they in the country before leaving because as can be read below, the incubation period is not known?  I did not read that fact anywhere.  Second, from one of my medical books there are some interesting things to be read including testing and method of diagnosis.  See below:

Introduction

Dientamoeba fragilis (D. fragilis) is a single-celled parasite. It is not known for certain whether D. fragilis causes illness or not. D. fragilis is commonly found in faeces, both of people who are well and in people who have diarrhoea or other intestinal symptoms.

How Dientamoeba fragilis is spread

Uncertain. There are two main theories of how D. fragilis spreads.

D. fragilis may be spread through contamination of hands, objects or food with infected faeces. The parasite is then taken in by the mouth. 

Alternatively, D. fragilis may be spread by threadworms (pinworms). D. fragilis might be protected by threadworm eggs. Threadworms are caught when someone swallows the worm’s eggs. Threadworm eggs hatch inside the bowel, where they live, then travel out through the anus (back passage) to lay their eggs on the skin there at night time. Threadworm eggs may be picked up on the fingers and transferred to the mouth if the person scratches their bottom or does not wash their hands after going to the toilet. Threadworm eggs may also fall off into bedding or clothing, or be wafted into the air, settling on many surfaces in the home or school.

Signs and symptoms

People who are infected with D. fragilis may not have any symptoms.

Symptoms, when they occur, may include: abdominal pain, diarrhoea, excess gas, poor appetite, fatigue, nausea, weight loss, vomiting and tiredness. It may be that these symptoms are not caused by D. fragilis infection.

Diagnosis

Exclude other causes of illness.

Diagnosis is made by examination or PCR testing of a faecal specimen.

Incubation period

(time between becoming infecte­d and developing symptoms)

Unknown

Infectious period

(time during which an infected person can infect others)

Unknown

Treatment

Most people with D. fragilis infection do not require treatment.

Retesting of a faecal specimen after antimicrobial treatment (if given) is not recommended.

Seek medical advice if any of the following symptoms are present (note that these are unlikely to be caused by D. fragilis😞

Adults

  • signs of dehydration, such as thirst and decreased urination, lethargy, dry mouth, feeling faint on standing
  • fever
  • severe abdominal pain
  • bloody diarrhoea.

Children

  • signs of dehydration, such as thirst and decreased urination, lethargy, dry mouth, sunken eyes, feeling faint on standing
  • fever
  • abdominal pain
  • bloody diarrhoea
  • any symptoms in a child less than 12 months of age.

Prevention

  • People with confirmed D. fragilis without symptoms do not need to be excluded.
  • Exclude people with diarrhoea from childcare, preschool, school and work until there has been no diarrhoea for 24 hours. If working as a food handler in a food business, the exclusion period should be until there has been no diarrhoea or vomiting for 48 hours.
  • Infants, children and adults with diarrhoea should not swim until there has been no diarrhoea for 24 hours.
  • Follow good hand washing and keeping areas clean procedures.

Always conduct proper research before saying anything or putting digits to a keyboard.

'nuf sed.

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A parasitic infection from the onset would usually take 3-5 days before showing any symptoms.. Micro parasites need time to mature and multiply from larvae, certainly not over a few hours..

 

So the source, whether it be food, ingestion of tap water after brushing their teeth or could be a variety of other hygiene possibilities.. Normally if someone has short time symptoms, is more likely to be gastro or food poisoning, which we know is not the case here.. 

 

So the source could have come from anywhere.. 

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3 hours ago, ezzra said:

I don't blame to clueless aussies but the general media who likes to make a big deal out of what the perceive to be a piece of sensational news tarnishing a country or a group of people without waiting to substantiate the facts first, not for nothing the coin phrase "fake news" was invented  a badge of shame that most media outlets richly deserves...

..all their doing...after all they approached the media...they now have to accept what will happen.. 'The Three Little Pigs' is now 'War and Peace'.

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The organism in question would not cause symptoms within hours of ingestion.

 

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4 hours ago, nev said:

Many other food or drink could have given them the parasite infection, Maybe the drank tap water while brushing their teeth?.

To blame it on Pad Thai with no proof it was that is just one made up story.

Or did they take a ride on a water taxi?  One drop of water in your mouth and you'll ingest some nasty parasites.

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You can pick up parasites in almost every country in the world, INCLUDING their home country of Australia. 

     So if they get infected with a parasite in Australia, are they going to move to Antarctica???? 

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what they should admit to is they have no idea of how they got it.  With all the raw sewage going into the beaches here it could have been from swimming.

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

When we traveled to Thailand, it was with the intention of moving their (sic) long term, since our business was profitable enough for us to do so.  

I think you might have that the wrong way round....if it is profitable enough...then you can probably afford to live at home....if it is not that profitable then you could always move to Thailand?

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or how about "Aussie couple has no clue at all" ?

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Thank the Good Lord they never came to live with us.

They would drive me mad. Oh, are they partners or married ?,,,conflicting reports

Go to Bali,, there you will be sure to snag a tummy problem

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

Mr Prigg denied accusations that the couple were scammers and said that he couldn't give a F### what people thought of him and his partner. 

and you never existed to begin with you whining  scamming POS

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This is very confusing. All of a sudden the national bar-stool barristers have turned from Thai bashers to the great defenders of the faith just because a couple of Ozzies got poorly from eating Thai food. It happens, get over it.  Who gives a flying fig whether they got it from street food or just as probable in a poncy overpriced western restaurant. 

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42 minutes ago, norfolkandchance said:

In other News. Aussies lost the cricket.

Just as well. The British press would have been advocating team suicide.

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