Thai police probe Canadian sisters' holiday deaths

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  1. uggboy
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    || Thai police probe Canadian sisters' holiday deaths ||

    Sad news!:(
     
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    Also interesting to know:

     
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    Maybe important to the case:

     
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    The hotel in Chiang Mai was the Downtown Inn. I believe it was owned by a relative of the Governor and was barely touched in a barely undertaken investigation.
     
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    Also read speculation that it was "something they ate"at a bar the night before. Surely that seems unlikely that o ly 2 people would get so sick ( unless someone intentionally added something to their food which seems a HUGE stretch)
    Surely the Thai authorities would prefer a limited explanation to others that have been proposed like something to do with a toxic appearing black sludge oozing up from the groun - that seems to increase after heavy rains etc
     
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    Quebec sisters died in Thailand from drinking DEET
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    Wow so sad and also hard to believe. I've had a lot of trouble even finding DEET containing repellants in Thailand (but I don't speak Thai well enough to get it "under the counter"). I can't even begin to imagine who would have come up with such a dangerous "cocktail"

     
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    You sure did predict this ...
     
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    New development on this story after an investigation by CBC’s the fifth estate and Radio-Canada’s Enquete.
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/deaths-of-qu...d-may-have-been-caused-by-pesticide-1.2569434
     
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    Still very sad, and why it may be worth it to spend a bit more for a hotel in Thailand (well, I'm guessing that spg and others wouldn't do this). There is also speculation that this is also linked to the deaths in Chiang Mai hotel (which has since been torn down). I love Thailand but the idea of safety standards and proper used of chemicals has a LOOONG way to go. Recently there has been news about formalin (another toxic chemical and used as a tissue fixative) being sprayed on produce to keep it fresh looking!
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    n Canada, the use of this pesticide is strictly regulated, and fumigators must get six months of training before they can handle it. Denis Bureau, a fumigation specialist in Quebec who is licensed to use it, told the fifth estate’s Mark Kelley that it could kill a human in less than two hours if the concentration is high enough.
    “If you’re asleep in the room next to it or in the room where it’s been under fumigation, you’ll be dead in a few hours,” he said.

    Bureau said aluminum phosphide is commonly used to kill insects in large spaces such as grain silos or ship cargo holds. In Canada, it is not permitted to be used in spaces like homes or hotels. It is typically found in the form of pellets that, once exposed to air and moisture, release a poisonous gas called phosphine. "
     
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    I bought Doxycycline a anti-biotic used to prevent and treat Malaria in Bangkok over the counter for $0.10(10 cents) a pill. You need to take one a week before entering Malaria area, during travel and one week after.

    In the US this drug cost me almost $1/pill but BKK was only 10 cents/pill.
     
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    Sorry, but this is relevant to this topic how? We could do a whole thread on meds in Thailand!!!!!
    Also doxy "Doxycycline does not destroy the malaria parasites that may remain in the liver" and can cause severe sun burn/sensitivity. Unless you know what you are doing taking meds can be dangerous.

    BTW
     
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    As if yuo do know what you are talking about.

    I know the pro's/con's and different countries treat with this drug differently which you might not be aware of.

    USA uses it as a preventitive while "some" others sue it as a treatment after the fact.
     
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    :rolleyes:
    WOW, pretty hostile and yes I do have the credentials to know what I am talking about.......
     
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    This is so heartbreaking and unfortunate. It shows that not only what you don't know can kill you but also sometimes even if you do know what to look for there is noting to see. And thanks to the perseverance of their family and all involved we have an answer to the mystery of their deaths.
     
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