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    Stomach bug hits Rohingya

    Medical staff monitor two of the Rohingya men admitted to
    hospital on Friday with stomach complaints. (Photo by Piyarach Chongcharoen)
    Source Bangkok Post:
    February 15, 2013 
    KANCHANABURI – Police have taken 16 Rohingya men to
    hospital after they suddenly developed stomach pains after breakfast on Friday.
    Somjate Laoluekiat, director of Phaholpolpayuhasaena
    Hospital, said the patients had mild stomach aches and suggested that the cause
    might be from food poisoning.
    Pol Lt Col Artorn Wongjaikuer, deputy superintendent of
    the Kanchanaburi Immigration Bureau, said that 150 Rohingya people ate the same
    food but only 16 of them got sick.
    He said that if the illness had been because of the food,
    then the number of sick people should be higher.
    However, he noticed that not all the illegal migrants ate
    with the utensils provided, using their hands instead, so they might have
    picked up some bacteria that caused stomach problems.
    The patients will undergo further medical examinations,
    and the meals that the migrants consumed will also be investigated, Dr Somjate
    According to the Immigration Police Bureau, 1,772
    Rohingya have been found to have entered Thailand illegally from Jan 9 to Feb
    13. Most of them are believed to come from Myanmar.
    Thailand is sheltering them as illegal migrants, mostly
    in the southern provinces and other places including Kanchanaburi.
    However, authorities have said the country will only
    commit to care for the Rohingya for six months, and they are hoping to work out
    a solution with the UN and/or other countries including Myanmar.