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Volume 15, Number 12—December 2009

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Human Trichinosis after Consumption of Soft-Shelled Turtles, Taiwan

Yi-Chun Lo, Chien-Ching Hung, Ching-Shih Lai, Zhiliang Wu, Isao Nagano, Takuya Maeda, Yuzo Takahashi, Chan-Hsien Chiu, and Donald Dah-Shyong JiangComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control, Taipei, Taiwan (Y.-C. Lo, C.-H. Chiu, D.D.-S. Jiang); National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei (C.-C. Hung); Department of Health, Taipei (C.-S. Lai); Gifu University Graduate School of Medicine, Gifu, Japan (Z. Wu, I. Nagano, Y. Takahasi); University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (T. Maeda)

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Table 2

Results of univariate analyses of selected food items in an outbreak of trichinosis, Taiwan, 2008*

Ingested food items Case (n = 8)
Control (n = 15)
OR (95% CI)† p value‡
Ate Did not eat Ate Did not eat
Soft-shelled turtles
Raw meat 8 0 5 10 0.003
Fried meat 6 2 14 1 0.21 (0.003–5.22) 0.269
Raw liver 7 1 8 7 6.13 (0.51–314.71) 0.176
Fresh blood 6 2 7 8 3.43 (0.40–43.28) 0.379
Raw eggs 7 1 10 5 3.50 (0.28–188.78) 0.369
Raw intestines 3 5 2 13 3.90 (0.32–56.52) 0.297
Cooked soup 7 1 13 2 1.08 (0.05–72.50) 1.000
Rice with cooked eel 7 1 15 0 0.348
Raw abalone 6 2 12 3 0.75 (0.07–11.43) 1.000

*OR, odds ratio; CI, confidence interval.
†Significant at α = 0.05.
‡By Fisher exact test.

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