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Deaths of Quebec women in Thailand may have been caused by pesticide
Audrey and Noémi Bélanger died mysteriously while on holiday in 2012

By Julia Sisler, CBC News

QUEBEC: -- A highly toxic pesticide used to control bedbugs in some holiday hotels in Asia may have caused the mysterious deaths of two Quebec sisters travelling in Thailand as well as several other tourists, according to new evidence from a joint investigation by CBC’s the fifth estate and Radio-Canada’s Enquete.

Audrey and Noémi Bélanger set off on a trip through Thailand in 2012. Days after they arrived at the popular tourist destination of Phi Phi Island, a maid found the sisters dead in their hotel room. Both were covered in vomit, with their fingernails and toenails tinged blue.

Now, for the first time, a Thai official is admitting that the sisters were probably killed by pesticide.

“The most likely explanation is the acute intoxication and it is intoxication from the chemical that belong to the pesticide group,” Dr. Pasakron Akarasewi, with Thailand's Ministry of Health, told the CBC/Radio-Canada investigation.

At the time, local authorities suggested several possible causes, from food poisoning to drugs. The Bélangers requested that the Quebec coroner do an autopsy on their daughters. Almost two years since the autopsy was performed, the results have not been released. They are expected to be made public in June.

The CBC/Radio-Canada investigation received a tip about what may have killed the sisters that points to a lethal pesticide called aluminum phosphide. [read more...]

Full story: http://www.cbc.ca/news/deaths-of-quebec-women-in-thailand-may-have-been-caused-by-pesticide-1.2569434

-- CBCnews 2014-03-14

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A banana is about the only thing that some people are capable of handling safely. A peeled one at that.

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Typical thai approach and reaction to safety in Thailand .Anyone who has lived there for a length of time knows

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I slept in a cheap-hotel bed which was sprayed with something fairly toxic, this was in Laos a few years ago. I was too tired to check when I went to bed, but when I woke up I saw there were dead bugs in the lower part of the bed, bugs which were leaking fluids. I got multiple lesions on my lower legs within 24 hours, one of which still remains today. It is hard to tell if it made me nauseous / tired etc. too, as I was travelling and this always makes me sick anyway because of my MS. But I felt dreadfully sick for about two months afterwards and still have some scarring on my lower legs. Again I would emphasise that this was a super-cheap hotel, and I am in no way criticising the other more high quality hotels in the beautiful nation of Laos.

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Remember Down town Inn, Chiang Mai.

Yes sure- an elderly couple were found dead lady on the bed and her husband kneeling on the floor next to the bed.

If I remember at the time it was said they had heart attacks both at the same moment. The couple were on holiday from my home county of Lincolnshire, UK.

It got massive coverage. I think the floor they stayed on ,all the rooms were stripped and fumigated, Later the hotel was re named.

Apparently the hotel was owned by a very so so family in Chiang Mai. At the time they suspected the people there had eaten some poisoned food from a local market.

Thai follow ups rarely see the light of day, and we never really knew the definite outcome. It was believed to be covered up, much evidence was destroyed when they quickly revamped the rooms shortly after the deaths.

I haven't done any research only using memory of the event so my story is only half told. Many posters will remember.

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Remember Down town Inn, Chiang Mai.

Yes sure- an elderly couple were found dead lady on the bed and her husband kneeling on the floor next to the bed.

If I remember at the time it was said they had heart attacks both at the same moment. The couple were on holiday from my home county of Lincolnshire, UK.

It got massive coverage. I think the floor they stayed on ,all the rooms were stripped and fumigated, Later the hotel was re named.

Apparently the hotel was owned by a very so so family in Chiang Mai. At the time they suspected the people there had eaten some poisoned food from a local market.

Thai follow ups rarely see the light of day, and we never really knew the definite outcome. It was believed to be covered up, much evidence was destroyed when they quickly revamped the rooms shortly after the deaths.

I haven't done any research only using memory of the event so my story is only half told. Many posters will remember.

The hotel, has now been knocked down. No longer there!

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Remember Down town Inn, Chiang Mai.

Yes sure- an elderly couple were found dead lady on the bed and her husband kneeling on the floor next to the bed.

If I remember at the time it was said they had heart attacks both at the same moment. The couple were on holiday from my home county of Lincolnshire, UK.

It got massive coverage. I think the floor they stayed on ,all the rooms were stripped and fumigated, Later the hotel was re named.

Apparently the hotel was owned by a very so so family in Chiang Mai. At the time they suspected the people there had eaten some poisoned food from a local market.

Thai follow ups rarely see the light of day, and we never really knew the definite outcome. It was believed to be covered up, much evidence was destroyed when they quickly revamped the rooms shortly after the deaths.

I haven't done any research only using memory of the event so my story is only half told. Many posters will remember.

The hotel, has now been knocked down. No longer there!

Amazing, evidence covered up shortly after the deaths--------renamed hotel-------------------knocked down.

Wasn't it the case they never brought the forensic lady--the best--in Thailand to look into these deaths ??? The 3 points I made above suggests something smelt.

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