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    6 million Thais infected, how many farang ?

    About 6 million Thais, mostly in NE Thailand, are reported to have Opisthorichiasis (infected with fluke worm), one of the major causes of Cholangiocarcinoma. It may be old news but I feel people need to be aware. Sorry I can't cut and paste stuff, so please visit http://www.bangkokpost.com/life/fami...deadly-disease

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    Another little nasty of the same ilk is ascaris. They reckon approximately 1.27 billion of the world's population, about 25%, carry these buggers.

    Good boy worming tablets are recommended, otherwise Praziquantiel gets rid of your ones and Mebendazole does for ascaris..

    I guy I know who live in Indo has a deworming tablet roughly every six months which reminds me it's about time I went to the vets.

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    De worming is easy as it's one shot course of pills and it should be done every 6 months here in SE Asia. Plenty of the local fruit and veggies are hosts to unseen microscopic bacteria that tend to grow up nice in yer gulliver.

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    Oh well ,tink i may have escaped dat lil fuker. 6,000,000 people. wow.

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    went to the local hospital once, to try buy deworming medicine...
    fukkn doc didn't want to prescribe it: asked if i had SEEN worms in my kids' rectums!
    i explained that living in isaan and buying /eating local food was a sure-fire way of getting infected with worms, and that even in farangland, where there are controls and checks on abbotoirs, i considered an annual deworming essential and that the effects of the medicine were less harmfull to the person consuming it than a tapeworm cyst on the brain would be.
    the bugger thought i was bloody nuts, but i managed to get him to allow me to buy the stuff at the hospital pharmacy eventually.
    i have seen thais eat raw pigs liver dipped in blood. spoken to thai "pigfarmers" who consider deworming unnecessary and i would be very surprised if most isaan thais are not infected with some parasite or another.
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    What are the symptoms? Lived here for over 8 years and a deworming pill has never passed me lips, but I've sure had problems with the local grub.

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    Too many long words for me, what is the disease and what does it do to you???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bexar County Stud View Post
    What are the symptoms? Lived here for over 8 years and a deworming pill has never passed me lips, but I've sure had problems with the local grub.
    often no real symptoms, and worms etc can go undiagnosed for years.

    if you notice your kids dragging their arses on the grass, you should suspect they have an infestation, tho.

    best to just deworm the whole family once or twice a year to be on the safe side.

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    20+ years and no wrigglys in my shit or anyone I know of (not that I would ask, but Thais tend to tell you aout their bowel problems whether you want to know about them or not)

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    If you can't find the tablets go to the vets an tell em your dogs got worms

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    Or get a catholic priest to come round

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    Quite obviously not many posters read the link. The big words in my OP concern liver cancer of which Thailand appears to be the world leader in population having it. I'm not talking about worms in your crap.

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    I`ve seen roadside posters in particularly the Sakon Nakhon area saying something like: Isaan mai gin plaa dip. Isan don`t eat raw fish.
    To no effect needless to say.
    The large lake in this area Nong Han is infected with these flukes. According to the locals the host is snails, they refer to those as Hoi Khan. The snail that causes an itch.
    You will feel an itch from where the fluke penetrates your skin.

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    Kills the boogers in isaan. liver cancer.

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    Where would I get info in Thai on this? I want to show my partner (who's not internet literate so I need a link) as we were talking about flukes and 'hidden' bugs the other day after we watched one of those health shows on Discovery.

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    yes, a major problem, liver disease, unnoticed, undiagnosed till too late.

    sakon nakhon has the largest frest water lake in thailand, the largest problem with the shell fish, the locals know, the tourist should know, as it is common knowledge and well warned in all guides and locally.................BUT............where is the largest percentage of outbreaks..............yep, the still eat them, raw or undercooked...TIT.

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    I wish I had worms. I need to lose some weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twocam
    Where would I get info in Thai on this? I want to show my partner (who's not internet literate so I need a link) as we were talking about flukes and 'hidden' bugs the other day after we watched one of those health shows on Discovery.
    Download Google Toolbar. On there they have a "Translation" tool. Go to the link and then using the "Translation" tool, translate from English to Thai. Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock View Post
    I wish I had worms. I need to lose some weight.
    Worms are one thing, liver flukes another thing entirely in health terms.

    Lesson 1: do not eat pla rah, which is the major source of these flukes in the diet.

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