Backpackers and Vampires in Thailand
There are horrifying stories coming out of northern Thailand from backpackers and authorities concerning an
illness that strikes mostly young, European women backpacking in Thailand and completely lays them out for up to a
Most sufferers get better after a period of extreme illness but there have been a few deaths.
Doctors are baffled as to the cause of the illness, but symptoms are extreme fatigue and chronic aenemia
followed by sudden and total kidney failure.
The illness does not appear to be infectious, but a trusted source admitted that the medical authorities just do
not understand the cause of it.
"Doctors at Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai hospitals, where most of the sufferers have ended up, are completely
stumped," she said. "We can only assume that these poor people, who all seem to be backpackers travelling through
northern Thailand, have caught something on the trails near Chiang Khong that was previously unknown.
"We are urging all backpackers in the Province of Chiang Rai to stay away from wild animals, which are the most
likely cause suspected of the outbreak as some patients have tiny punctures in their necks.
"In the throws of delirium, some of the sufferers ramble about vampire bats, but as they are usually in a state
of delusion and this phenomenon has never been reported in this area before,so doctors and the health authorities
are not taking the claims seriously."
"The plain fact is that we just do not have South American vampire bats in Thailand," said a local veterinarian,
"and even if they have migrated here, bites from vampire bats are not known to cause this type of sickness or to
produce such extreme aenemia in the countries like Peru where they are common."
"It is strange, but it seems that almost exclusively white foreigners are contracting this disease, so doctors
are working on the theory that the sickness originated abroad, possibly in Europe, and that the patients brought it
here with them," said a local government spokesperson.
"It is true," said another source, "that no Thais or Laoations have been infected so far, so we have to assume
that they are immune to this strange and probably foreign disease."
Doctors insist that there is no need for concern. Neither local inhabitants nor foreign visitors have anything
to worry about from visiting the area, but they do urge all foreign backpackers intending to travel to northern
Thailand on holiday to have a check up before leaving their country, so that they do not bring foreign diseases
with them into the kingdom.
"A further precaution would be to stay in a room in a hotel or even budget accommodation for the duration of
stay and to keep the windows closed at night."
It was pointed out that there have been no instances of this disease affecting anyone staying in Bangkok
or at the beach, where the use of accommodation is far more common than sleeping under the stars, as many
This is Wayne Gamm of Megan Publishing Services for Foxcub News in Chiang Rai, Northern
by +Owen Jones