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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai – Downtown Inn deaths linked to pesticides


A toxic bedbug spray may have contributed to the death of New Zealander Sarah Carter in Thailand.

The 23-year-old died in February while holidaying with friends in Chiang Mai.

Initial reports indicating toxic seaweed was to blame have since been discounted by the families, but investigations are ongoing.

A 60 Minutes investigation has revealed the hotel rooms had been sprayed with a potentially lethal toxin called pyrophus which has been banned from indoor use in SOME OTHER countries.



‘According to New Zealand-based United Nations scientist Dr. Ir. Ron McDowall, chlorpyrifos poisoning is the likely cause of death of New Zealand tourist Sarah Carter and several others in Thailand in 2011.’


earlier blog:

“Chiang Mai hotel connected to four deaths gets police all clear”


May 9, 2011 - Posted by | accomodation | , , , , ,


  1. What doesn’t make sense is that not all of the deaths are connected to the Downtown Inn. I am a friend of Soraya Vorster Pandola who died in the same Chaing Mai hospital as Sarah Carter in January. She had the exact same conditions as Carter and died of kidney failure and myocarditis. She DID NOT stay at the Downtown Inn as most of the British and NZ news are reporting. She DID however eat seaweed, same as Carter and friends. Soraya fell ill with a friend who had eaten with her that night, she was able to recover while Soraya was not. It seems like too simple of an answer and I believe that there are other deaths out there that should be connected but have not been.

    Comment by Rebecca Sorensen | May 12, 2011 | Reply

  2. It always helps to have anothers perspective on this matter. Thank you for this post. : Buggin Out

    Comment by Arnold | January 14, 2012 | Reply

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