San Francisco—While hangovers and heartburn may be the most common repercussions from a Mardi Gras celebration, another hazard just might be lurking in the gumbo.
Reports presented here at the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America describe recent outbreaks of foodborne illness traced to gumbo and other foods, such as ethnic specialties that feature improperly cooked poultry. But while the sources may be exotic, the outbreaks are united by a common cause: improper food preparation or handling.
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