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Tainted Pork Sickens 90 in Russia

January 15, 2001

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) _ More than 90 people have been hospitalized after eating barbecued pork infected with trichinosis at a harvest celebration in southern Russia, health officials said Monday.

Two workers at the main farm in the town of Kievskaya in the Krasnodar region were held on suspicion they slaughtered pigs for the Dec. 16 festival without conducting necessary medical tests, said regional police official Viktor Kuchegorov.

Many of the 92 people hospitalized since the celebration last month were workers at the Kievskaya farm, and several have been in the hospital for weeks, said Oleg Grekov, spokesman for the regional Emergency Situations Ministry. Eighteen of those hospitalized were children.

Doctors have been monitoring 356 people who attended the celebrations and could have eaten the infected meat, Grekov said.

Local health officials have tightened oversight of meat sales in open-air markets and stores.

Trichinosis is caused by an intestinal roundworm found in pigs. Its larvae burrow into the muscles and cause painful cysts. Symptoms include chills, diarrhea, and sweating.

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