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Food poisoning puts 287 Greek mourners in hospital

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  • Rev. Fr. John-Brian Paprock
    Food poisoning puts 287 Greek mourners in hospital REUTERS 6:57 a.m. May 24, 2004 ATHENS – Nearly 300 people bidding farewell to loved ones in memorial
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      Food poisoning puts 287 Greek mourners in hospital

      REUTERS
      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
      said Monday.

      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,"
      she added.

      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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