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Beware of bedbug sprays

I’m a frequent visitor to Thailand and spend a lot of time in the northern city of Chiang Mai, so I am naturally interested in learning the cause of a series of mysterious deaths that occurred there in January and February of this year.

Among the seven people who have died under similar circumstances was a young New Zealand tourist named Sarah Carter. While official pronouncements have yet to pinpoint a cause, a report by New Zealand TV3’s “60 Minutes” program has presented evidence that the deaths may have stemmed from the use of the chemical spray, chlorpyrifos, at the hotel where four of the seven deaths occurred. Chlorpyrifos is used to kill bed bugs. Since bedbugs have become more problematic everywhere over the past year or so, people need to be aware of the dangers inherent in the various methods of controlling them.

The New Zealand report can be found at: http://www.3news.co.nz/Sarah-Carters-likely-cause-of-death—insecticide/tabid/371/articleID/210265/Default.aspx

You can find more details about this story here.