Outbreak of acute food poisoning in Thailand

At least 38 people have been hospitalized in various districts in Nan province. The consumption of contaminated eclairs [a pastry filled with cream and chocolate] purchased from a major retail store in Nan township appears to be the source of the outbreak. However, the specific ingredient causing the illness, e.g., a bacteria or a toxin, has not yet been identified.

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Advice For Travellers

Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to the many germs that cause intestinal illness (such as cholera, E.coli, salmonella, and many viruses) by avoiding consumption of contaminated food and water (especially when sold by street vendors) and by practising careful personal hygiene with frequent hand washing. Local pastries are often the source of acute gastroenteritis.