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Default Beware of eating kangkung (water spinach)!

Got this in an e-mail about the vegetable we Asians know as kangkung. In the West, it's known as the water spinach. Wiki link - Ipomoea aquatica - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I'm posting the entire e-mail, including comments by people who knew people who were affected, etc...

Date: Thursday, 24 September, 2009, 9:12 AM
Got this from my friend...who knows wendy.

----- Forwarded Message ----
Sent: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 14:18:52
Subject: RE: Kangkong....BEWARE!!!!
Dear All,
I would like to confirm that the message below is true as one of my niece's girl friend died because her stomach was filled with leeches when the doctor operated her stomach. Unfortunately due to too many leeches, the doctor could not save her and she died.

According to my niece, this young girl was only about 23 - 25 yrs old and she liked to eat the Kang Kong with sotong (cuttlefish) at hawker stalls. The doctor said that the leeches were in the stem of the kang kong and started to multiplied in her stomach. She started with stomach ache and diarrhoea symptom too.

I supposed we can still eat this veg provided we buy those grew on the ground with roots. Those kang kong grows on the water are those have higher chance for the leech to enter the stem the moment the farmer harvest the plant and cut the stem for sale. The leech is only accessable to those stems with openings. Another suggestion is we should not drink any cold drink or better not to drink any water after consuming the veg so that our stomach acid might be strong enough to kill it.

Take care and have a good day!


Sent: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 9:11 AM
Subject: Kangkong....BEWARE!!!!

Health Warning On KANGKUNG !

Outside at the hawkers' eating stall we don't know but most dishes of fried Kangkung or Kangkung Belacan should be OK because they are thoroughly cooked in hot oil!Even in rojak containing Kangkung, I believe the vege is well cooked in very hot water and are not eaten in its raw state !

Dear All,

Attached is an article forewarded by a psychiatrist from Klang Hospital .

I am sorry I do not have a copy of it in English.

It actually narrates how a young boy died after eating the kangkung vegetable.
He had gastro-enteritis(diarrhoea/vomiting)and was
admitted in hospital.

Post mortem revealed that there were leeches in his intestines which has multiplied many times. The leech found its way through the stem of the kangkong vegetable.
The stem is hollow and is normally cooked together with the leaves.

One of the precautions we can take is to slice the stems into two and wash it well before cooking. (DAMN GOOD IDEA OR DON'T EAT THIS VEGE AT ALL !)


> Jika anda penggemar kangkung, tidak kira apa jenis
> kangkung, petis kangkung, kangkung cos, dll yang berkaitan
> dengan kangkung, mungkin cerita ini dapat menjadi
> pertimbangan
> bagi anda when you want to eat kangkung
> Pada suatu hari di klinik yang terkenal, semua doktor
> kebingungan kerana ada seorang anak kecil yang menderita
> sakit perut. Anak itu dibawa ke klinik oleh orang tuanya
> setelah 2 hari menderita diarhea . Sudah bermacam ubat sakit
> perut yang diberikan kepada
> anak itu, namun diarhea nya tidak sembuh.
> Di klinik, kedua orang tua anak tersebut ditanya oleh
> doktor, makanan apa yang dimakan oleh anak tersebut selama 2
> hari ini. Orang tua anak itu kebingungan, kerana sejak
> anaknya diarrhea , anak tersebut tak lalu nak mahu makan,
> dia hanya minum susu, itu pun akan muntah semula.
> Setelah dikaji, ternyata
> sebelum menderita diarhea , malam tersebut anak
> itu makan kangkung cos di restoran oleh orang tuanya.
> Doktor segera melakukan xray, ternyata dalami usus
> anak tersebut telah berkembang
> biak lintah dengan anaknya yang
> kecil-kecil.
> Doktor surrender dan menyatakan tidak sanggup mengambil
> tindakan medical
> apapun.
> Akhirnya anak kecil malang itupun meninggal dunia. setelah
> dikaji, ternyata lintah itu sebelumnya berada di
> dalam batang kangkung yang besar.. Memang, untuk
> penggemar kangkung cos yang paling enak adalah batangnya.
> Lintah yang berada di dalam
> batang kangkung itu tidak akan
> mati walau dimasak selama manapun, apa lagi
> untuk kangkung cos proses memasak tidak terlalu lama untuk
> menghasilkan
> rasa kangkung yang sedap. Lintah hanya akan mati jika
> dibakar.
> Di dalam usus anak tadi, lintah yang hanya dalam 1 ke 2
> hari berkembang biak dengan cepatnya kerana menghuni didalam
> tubuh dan terus menghisap darah yang ada, doktor juga
> menjadi bingung, bagaimana mematikan/membersih kan lintah
> yang telah sangat
> banyak tersebut dari dalam usus anak malang
> itu.
> Jujur, sejak mendengar cerita itu, kesukaan saya terhadap
> kangkung menjadi berkurang, boleh dibilang sudah 1 bulan ini
> saya sama sekali tidak makan kangkung dalam bentuk apa pun,
> bukan kerana menjadi paranoid, tapi bagi Saya lebih baik
> menjaga segala
> kemungkinan yang ada, masih banyak sayur lain yang dapat
> kita makan dengan
> meminimumkan segala
> kemungkinan "lintah" yang terselip didalamnya.
> Semoga cerita ini
> dapat menjadi pertimbangan untuk kita semua sebelum
> masak/makan kangkung.
> Best Regards,
> Dr. Nor ni Abdullah,
> Psychiatrist,
> Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah,
> 42500 Klang,
> Selangor.
> Tel : +60333756279
> Fax : +60333729089
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