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Tourist deaths in Thailand attributed to chemicals

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Wat Chedi Luang, a temple in the center of Chiang Mai

Wat Chedi Luang, a temple in the center of Chiang Mai. Photo: Bart Hiddink.

BANGKOK – Thai authorities said on Tuesday four foreign tourists and a local tour guide who died mysteriously in the northern city of Chiang Mai may have been poisoned by unknown toxic chemicals or pesticides.

In a report into the deaths of six people and illnesses of three others earlier this year, Thailand’s Department of Disease Control said three women, from New Zealand, the US and Thailand, “likely died of exposure to pesticides”.

Authorities said they could not exclude the possibility that an elderly British couple, found dead at the same hotel as two of the other victims, had also been poisoned, although investigators could not establish a direct link.

Read more: Bangkok Post


1 thought on “Tourist deaths in Thailand attributed to chemicals

  1. While this is very tragic, I think it is important to note this is rare in Thailand. Hopefully the new health measures introduced by the government will reduce the possibility of future incidents. I think Thailand remains a safe tourist destination, and if there is anything to worry about, it should be the possibility of being injured or killed in a car accident. I’m sure these accidents kill many more tourists per year than chemical or pesticide poisoning. Nevertheless, if any tourists are poisoned like this in the future, I recommend they notify the authorities immediately and hire one of the many Lawyers who will take their case.

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