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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
February 12, 2014

“Perlo” Causes Food Poisoning at Military Base Luncheon

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JAMA. 2014;311(6):566. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.238

A chicken, sausage, and rice dish known as perlo was implicated in a July 2012 outbreak of staphylococcal food poisoning that sickened 22 people attending a lunch party at a military base.

The dish was prepared the night before the party and stored overnight in an unheated oven. It was reheated the next morning for 1 hour in a slow cooker before being served. Food preparers hadn’t worn gloves while they cooked and served the food.

Within 2 to 3 hours after the party, 13 people who attended sought emergency care at the base hospital for gastrointestinal illness. One patient was transferred to a local civilian hospital. Of 35 attendees who were interviewed after the party as part of an immediate public health investigation, 22 had symptoms of gastrointestinal illness.

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