Sarah Carter, a woman from Wellington, New Zealand, died last week in Thailand from food poisoning.
According to Newstalk ZB, Sarah Carter died in Chiang Mai on Sunday after eating some toxic seaweed that she bought at a street food market.
People in Thailand are being told to keep the death of a Wellington woman from food poisoning in perspective.
Harvey World Travel Porirua owner Bill Kwan says although people can get an upset stomach when traveling to countries like Thailand, dying from food poisoning like this is extremely uncommon. “Whenever you do anything like that, when you go overseas, there’s always going to be a risk,” he told Newstalk ZB. “You can’t always avoid risk but if you follow the general guidelines and common sense you can minimise it.”
Mr Kwan suggests eating in tourist areas, carrying hand sanitizer and drinking bottled water.
This is obviously an extreme case, but you should always exercise caution and use common sense when eating street food, especially in third-world countries.