You Should Know

May 2002 Issue

Latest Food Safety Advice for Travelers

Not only is diarrheal illness a too-common side effect of travel, now there’s the threat of something more serious—meningitis. That’s what happened to 12 Americans who visited Jamaica together, nine of whom ended up in the hospital with meningitis. The culprit? Angiostrongylus cantonensis, a roundworm more typical of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Basin, but also found in rats and land snails in the Caribbean islands. Investigators tracked the probable source of infection to Romaine lettuce in a Caesar salad

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