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Mystery Death Of British Tourist Sparks E Coli Alarm In Thailand

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Mystery tourist death sparks E coli alarm

By THE NATION

The Public Health Ministry is investigating the death of a 66-year-old British man at a hotel in the northeastern province of Udon Thani after developing severe diarrhoea for two days.

The health agency has taken samples from his body and sent them to Udon Thani Medical Science Centre for laboratory testing for the European strain of E coli.

The result is expected to be released in two days, the ministry's permanent secretary Dr Paijit Warachit said.

British native Daniel Forges arrived Thailand on June 5 and developed acute diarrhoea 12-13 days later .

"Preliminary results showed the cause of his death was not Escherichia coli O104 [the deadly European strain]," Pajit said.

"If this man was infected with E coli O104, his severe diarrhoea would have developed within 10 days of his arrival in Thailand," Paijit added.

Meanwhile, an investigator, Police Lieutenant Veerachon Khonthai, who had conducted the investigation into the death of Daniel, developed acute diarrhoea on Monday night after eating at a restaurant in Udon Thani.

He had contact with Daniel's personal documents, such as his passport, but frequently washed his hands and took medicinal drugs.

Doctors told him he might have been suffering from food poisoning. If a victim of the new strain of E coli, he would have developed the symptoms three to four days after infection.

Udon Thani provincial public health office has placed people such as hotel staff under surveillance in case of infection by bacteria from the restaurant Veerachon visited.

To control the spread of E coli bacterium in Thailand, the Disease Control Department will meet today to evaluate the E coli situation and investigate measures to prevent the spread of disease around the country.

Good hygienic practices when cooking and eating are recommended to prevent the infection, Paijit said.

To date, 633,206 people are reported to have been stricken by digestive system disease. Of this number 583,501 fell ill from severe diarrhoea and 44,555 cases were suffering from food poisoning.

The infections were from bacterium such as shigella, vibrio parahaemolyticus, and a harmless E coli strain. The deadly E coli O104 strain has not been reported in Thailand.

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-- The Nation 2011-06-22

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All this talk of E-Coli being in Thailand might be a blessing in disguise. No longer will the authorities have to deal with foreign suicides or coincidences.

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Dysentery is a long terms hazard of eating in Thailand. E coli no doubt is common in Thailand. The new strain is not and is worry some certainly. And the investigator getting it is also worrying... but maybe not as worrying as eating in this particular Udon restaurant.

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How do you die from acute diarrhea.. i've had it for years and it's never gone away. Those people are really weak or what?

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How do you die from acute diarrhea.. i've had it for years and it's never gone away. Those people are really weak or what?

In general, yes, you would expect a sixty-six year old man to be more likely to have health issues that make him more susceptible to such bugs. It matters not a jot that you have had diarrhoea for years, though I suspect what you claim to have and what this unfortunate gentleman had are entirely different things.

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. . . ."Meanwhile, an investigator, Police Lieutenant Veerachon Khonthai, who had conducted the investigation into the death of Daniel, developed acute diarrhoea on Monday night after eating at a restaurant in Udon Thani.". . .

Which restaurant?

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How do you die from acute diarrhea.. i've had it for years and it's never gone away. Those people are really weak or what?

You dehydrate very quickly, your body functions fail because of the lack of water, you die very quickly. Particularly, in very hot weather such as it is common in Thailand. The most essential substance for living is water and well, what do you lose in case of severe diarrhea? Live is simple and so is death although there is always a big fuss about it. :whistling:

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Yet another mystery death in LOS. RIP

Another coincidence, case closed

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How do you die from acute diarrhea.. i've had it for years and it's never gone away. Those people are really weak or what?

Lots of people appear to suffer from various forms of oral dysentery which tends not to kill. However acute diarrhea actually kills thousands of people worldwide on an annual basis. The moral in Thailand is watch where you eat ---- no matter how long you've been here -- hygiene does not appear a high prioroty in many markets/restaurants.

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How do you die from acute diarrhea.. i've had it for years and it's never gone away. Those people are really weak or what?

You have not had acute diarrhea. Acute means18 out of 24 hours you have severe cramps that immobilize you and only water comes out that end. Your body becomes dehydrated within 2 to 4 days. And if not treated properly by a doctor and fluids. you die.

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Off-topic, but just to add answers to the question how you die from drippy-poop: it causes dehydration. And severe dehydration might lead to ketoacidosis, which is when the body starts burning up your fat, creating ketones. This occurs if malnutrition is involved as a result of dehydration. Ketones are bad for your body and are regularly expelled, but in the case of severe dehydration and malnutrition they aren't expelled quite as easily and a high amount of ketones in your blood can result in you passing out into a coma, and not too long after (if not immediately treated) -- dying.

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How do you die from acute diarrhea.. i've had it for years and it's never gone away. Those people are really weak or what?

In general, yes, you would expect a sixty-six year old man to be more likely to have health issues that make him more susceptible to such bugs. It matters not a jot that you have had diarrhoea for years, though I suspect what you claim to have and what this unfortunate gentleman had are entirely different things.

I have had frequent bouts of diarrhea since 1990 after having part of my intestine removed. Any food with animal fat or cooked in animal fat would set me off in 10 to 15 minutes of eating. I had it bad enough that for years I had to sit to pee for fear that I'd crap my pants (again). About 2 months ago, I tried a sample of a product, Kyo-Dophilus which has "3 specially cultured, human, not-dairy, heat-stable stomach acid resistant strains of beneficial bacteria. ...gives relief from the inconvenience caused by bad bacteria....use after a cycle of medication, when you travel, and everyday to boost immunity, promote healthy intestinal function and general well being." I bought a 90 day supply through Amazon for about $25 and have not had diarrhea since. I don't know if there would be a source in Thailand or if the company would deliver to Thailand - I think it would be worth a shot to try.

It is manufactured by Wakunaga of America Co., Ltd, 23501 Madero, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 U.S.A. http://www.kyolic.com/

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How do you die from acute diarrhea.. i've had it for years and it's never gone away. Those people are really weak or what?

You have not had acute diarrhea. Acute means18 out of 24 hours you have severe cramps that immobilize you and only water comes out that end. Your body becomes dehydrated within 2 to 4 days. And if not treated properly by a doctor and fluids. you die.

Now you need a doctor to drink some electrolytes?

I havnt had real acute diarhea but before these last few months i had diahrhea 2-3x a day 1 day out of 3 in thailand.. never died still heahtly.. just hydrate properly.(i really cant help it how disgusting even good restaurants are in this country+their milk that i drink twice a day)

I have had over 10 to 15~ intense 3 days long food poisoning where i couldnt even walk for one of the days sometimes up to 3.

Some people are clearly too stupid to hydrate properly when they are sick.. well in fact more than 50% of the population is so unhealthy that they have no real idea if their body is hungry or thirsty.. They confuse each of them. Read up.

Definitely not blaming the guy, but people need to stop being such idiots.. Dying of diarrhea is most likely the hardest way to die when people are surviving cancers.

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Yet another mystery death in LOS. RIP

Another coincidence, case closed

These RIP posts and suicide, coincidence etc: posts are just so irrelevant and boring it makes me want to puke!!!!:bah:

There is simply no substance, genuine heartfelt sincerity or justification with, or for them!!:huh:

Please write something interesting that has injected a bit of thought into what your take is on the matter than wish the family of the deceased your condolences and the like as they are NEVER going to read it and it's not as if you are a prime minister or king or anything expressing your sorrow to the nation, is it, so why do it???

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