...finally, a pausible explanation, beyond "coincidence", for the deaths of tourists at the Downtown Inn in Chiang Mai...who, I wonder, will be held responsible for such inattention to safety norms...room service?
Lethal bug toxin found in hotel
Published: 9/05/2011 at 12:00 AM
Newspaper section: News (BkkPost)
An independent investigation has found traces of a potentially lethal toxin in the Chiang Mai hotel where a New Zealand tourist became fatally ill.
Traces of chlorpyrifos, which is used to kill bedbugs but has been banned in other countries, have been found in samples that the New Zealand current affairs television show 60 Minutes had independently tested, The Dominion Post reported.
Sarah Carter, 23, died on Feb 6, and her friends Emma Langlands and Amanda Eliason became gravely ill while they were on holiday in the Downtown Inn Hotel in Chiang Mai.
Carter: Heart affected
Five people died from unexplained causes in Chiang Mai over a 16-day period after New Year. Four stayed at the Downtown Inn Hotel. A UN scientist, Ron McDowall, said there was a strong likelihood Carter died from excessive exposure to the substance, which causes identical symptoms to those suffered by the trio as well as several other tourists who died after staying at the hotel.
Most had myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart. Thai authorities have maintained the deaths were a coincidence.
Chiang Mai's head of public health Dr Surasing Visaruthrat also investigated the insecticide theory.
"I'm not a specialist," he said. "But it's possible that they mixed together the wrong chemicals." The fact traces of chlorpyrifos were found three months after Carter's death and after the room was cleaned suggested the concentration was high.
"I think she has been killed by an overzealous sprayer who's been acting on the instructions of the hotel owner to deal with bed bugs," Mr McDowall said.
Even a slight mistake in the dosage of chlorpyrifos, which has been banned for indoor use in many countries, could be lethal, he said.
Mr McDowall checked his theory with other experts from New Zealand and Italy, who supported his belief.
"Their reaction was it's quite clear it's chlorpyrifos poisoning; the symptoms are the same, the pathology is the same and the proxy indicates that the chemical was present in the room," he said.
Chiang Mai and Bangkok-based experts investigating the case will meet tomorrow to share information.
...majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd...
Incompentence. This word should be added to the national anthem.
yeah, you ever heard of this chlorophyll stuff before?
only in chewing gum...so their saying they died from an overdose of fresh breath?
I guess so...we should inform the Ministry of incompetence to immediately ban gum chewing in Chiang Mai hotels.
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Five people died from unexplained causes in Chiang Mai over a 16-day periodWell that's all right then.Most had myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart. Thai authorities have maintained the deaths were a coincidence.
I married two separate women to save them from poverty - which was big o' me.
I doubt very much that it was a secret government project :-)
Tourists Killed by Incompetence?
Well duh? You think it's co-incidence? Scary shit man: Where you going to sleep?
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It is coincidence. How can it not be? It's nothing more than a coincidence these five people decided to stay in the same hotel as one another roughly at the same time.
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Reading the papers, I have to agree with you! Doesnt seem likely that this was the cause!
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