Saturday, May 14, 2011

Update from Embassy...

This is in response to your e-mail earlier today titled "From Mother of
victim Jill St. Onge."
Charles Carson departed Bangkok about a year ago.

We have been in touch with our counterparts from the Embassies of Norway
and New Zealand following yesterday's new report about identification of
the pesticide clorpyphiros as a possible cause of the recent unresolved
deaths in Chiang Mai. As you know, the U.S. Mission has offered the
technical assistance of Centers for Disease Control personnel in
Thailand to assist the Ministry of Public Health in its investigation.
That investigation continues.

Extensive information about clorpyphiros is available on the
Environmental Protection Agency's website, much of it from academic
sources. It appears that the primary reason clorpyphiros is no longer
approved for use for non-agricultural applications (except in child
resistant ant and roach traps) is due to risks chronic exposure poses
for vulnerable individuals, particularly small children. I have not had
time to search this information exhaustively, but it appears that
extremely high concentrations would be needed to cause death as quickly
as happened to your daughter, Ms. Burgheim, or the individuals in Chiang
Mai. It is premature to link all nine deaths to clorpyphiros.

Investigators have still not released the final report in your
daughter's case, although we contact them regularly. Please let me know
about other questions you may have and know that you have our deepest

Tim Swanson

Timothy C. Swanson
Chief, American Citizen Services
U.S. Embassy Bangkok
phone: 66-2-205 4049
fax: 66-2-205-4103

This email is UNCLASSIFIED.

Monday, May 9, 2011

60 Minutes New Zealand Video

60 Minutes in New Zealand went to Thailand to investigate the death of Sarah Carter. Sarah Carter died very much the same way as Jill and Julie on Phi Phi Island. Her friends and family have set up this website...

The 60 Minutes video is well done and they show a picture of Jill and Julie. They concluded pesticide used for bed bugs was the cause for Sarah's passing. We suspected this back in July 2009

The link to the 60 Minutes video is here and about 15 min long...

Lots of thanks to Buck for writing a multi-page charge document against the Laleena guest house and emailing it to everyone we could think of... including the King of Thailand. We have received lots of feedback from it and have shared it with Sarah Carters family.