Medicine: Stir with Caution

What went into cheery glasses all over the country last week was a good deal less lethal than some of the swizzle sticks used to stir it. So warned the U.S. Public Health Service, which acted after a recent party at Sylvan Hills High School in suburban Atlanta. As favors, the students received swizzle sticks topped by a little head fashioned like a Haitian voodoo figure. Within an hour, about 50 of the partygoers broke out in a rash, much like ivy poisoning. It could have been worse, reported the U.S. Occupational Health laboratory in Cincinnati.

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