(Closed) Have you seen this? (death in thailand)

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
10571 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Yeah, it’s been making the national news here.  It seems very suspicious to me that they didn’t seek any medical attention.  Maybe they ended up too sick very quickly though.

Post # 5
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I knew one of the women who died last year…not one of the Canadian sisters. The details are mysterious, but its real.  They claim it was bed bug pesticide


Post # 6
8435 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Apparently they ate blowfish. Obviously it wasn’t prepared correctly- which isn’t suprising since this happen on PhiPhi Don. But please note that this can happen at any restaurant that prepares puffer fish.

If you checked the statistics for India for example you would also find a high percentage of hospitalisation of tourist. Tourists visiting third world countries often get stomach upsets that lead to dehydration which when coupled with drinking alcohol = toruble! They often get exposed to substances that are no longer used in Western Countries. This is something to remember when you buy your food at your local supermarket- where did the food come from. In Australia the supermarkets list whether it was grown in Australia or imported. Personally I wont buy goods important from Asian countries due to the use of pesticides.

You also need to factor in that risk taking increases when on holiday. Tourists are more likely to do things that they wouldn’t at home (holiday sex, extreme sports, foods and hygiene).

Also there is some really incorrect information on the blog. Phuket actually has two hospitals one which has all the equipment to preform autopsies. This is due to a huge revenue injection by countries such as Australia after the tsunami in 2004. How do I know this because I worked there after the Tsunami in 2004-06 as part of a Government worker exchange to help Thailand and Phuket learn better procedures for handling public emergencies.

I feel really sorry for the families but things like pesticide poisioning can happen anywhere. According to the CDC website 10-20 thousand pesticide poisionings are reported every year in the USA. the reason why these people live and don’t die like in third world countries- better hospital infrastructure. I think a more positive solution to stop these sort of tourist incidents (and lets not forget if it is happening to tourists it is happening to more locals!) is to provide aide to better train medical staff and build infrastructure instead of laying blame and picking apart a third world countrie where infant  and childhood illness deaths are still unacceptably high.

Sorry having done aide work in SE Asia I am pretty passionate about their lives and when people blindly bash the way their country is run especially if they have never even visited.

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