Coliform and Escherichia coli Contamination of Desserts Served in Public Restaurants from Guadalajara, Mexico, and Houston, Texas

Karen J. Vigil The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, Houston, Texas; The University of Texas–Houston School of Public Health, Houston, Texas; MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Texas; Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas; St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas

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Zhi-Dong Jiang The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, Houston, Texas; The University of Texas–Houston School of Public Health, Houston, Texas; MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Texas; Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas; St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas

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Jaclyn J. Chen The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, Houston, Texas; The University of Texas–Houston School of Public Health, Houston, Texas; MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Texas; Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas; St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas

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Kathryn L. Palumbo The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, Houston, Texas; The University of Texas–Houston School of Public Health, Houston, Texas; MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Texas; Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas; St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas

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Thushara Galbadage The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, Houston, Texas; The University of Texas–Houston School of Public Health, Houston, Texas; MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Texas; Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas; St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas

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Eric L. Brown The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, Houston, Texas; The University of Texas–Houston School of Public Health, Houston, Texas; MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Texas; Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas; St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas

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Margaret W. DuPont The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, Houston, Texas; The University of Texas–Houston School of Public Health, Houston, Texas; MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Texas; Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas; St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas

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Charles Ericsson The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, Houston, Texas; The University of Texas–Houston School of Public Health, Houston, Texas; MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Texas; Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas; St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas

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Javier A. Adachi The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, Houston, Texas; The University of Texas–Houston School of Public Health, Houston, Texas; MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Texas; Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas; St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas

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Herbert L. DuPont The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, Houston, Texas; The University of Texas–Houston School of Public Health, Houston, Texas; MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Texas; Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas; St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas

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Bacterial enteropathogens acquired from contaminated food are the principal causes of travelers’ diarrhea (TD). We evaluated desserts obtained from popular restaurants in the tourist city of Guadalajara, Mexico, and Houston, Texas, to determine coliform and Escherichia coli contamination levels and presence of diarrheagenic E. coli known to be important in TD. Contamination for all organisms was seen for desserts served in Guadalajara restaurants. Desserts should be considered as potentially risky foods for development of TD among international visitors to developing regions of the world.

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