Food poisoning puts 287 Greek mourners in hospital
- Food poisoning puts 287 Greek mourners in hospital
6:57 a.m. May 24, 2004
ATHENS Nearly 300 people bidding farewell to loved ones in memorial
services in Greece ended up in hospital with food poisoning after
eating a traditional dessert prepared for the occasion, officials
Kolyva, eaten by Orthodox Christians in memorial services, are made
of boiled wheat and sugar, with nuts, raisins, spices or pomegranate
seeds added according to local customs.
It can go bad if left too long or in hot weather.
An employee of the Farsala Health Center near the town of Larissa in
central Greece said more than 100 people had come to them since
Sunday night with high fever, vomiting and shivering.
"All of them had eaten kolyva at various memorial services across the
Larissa and Volos area, as far as we know it all came from one shop,"
A spokesman for the Volos Hospital said doctors had seen 187 patients
who had eaten the offending dessert since Sunday night, with more
than 60 staying in hospital overnight for observation.
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