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February 4, 1974

Trichinosis Among Thais Living in New York City

Author Affiliations

From The Bureau of Infectious Disease Control, Department of Health, City of New York.

JAMA. 1974;227(5):526-529. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230180024007

Two outbreaks of trichinosis occurred among recent Thai immigrants to New York City. The first outbreak occurred in 1971 and involved three members of one family who had eaten raw pork. The second outbreak occurred in 1973 and affected 20 individuals, all of whom had eaten portions of the same raw pork preparation. In Thailand, raw pork dishes are commonly eaten but, owing to the absence of the infection in domestic swine, human trichinosis is rare. Thai immigrants, who are unaware of the dangers of eating raw pork in this country, are a high-risk group for trichinosis.