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Botulism in Nacho Cheese Sauce Kills 1, Hospitalizes 9 In California

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By    |   Tuesday, 23 May 2017 05:53 PM

Botulism in nacho cheese sauce served at a Sacramento, California, gas station killed one person and sickened nine others.

Martin Galindo, a husband and father of two children, died after battling the food-borne illness for several weeks, KGO-TV reported Monday.

In a statement, the California Department of Public Health said that testing confirmed the presence of botulism toxins in the cheese sauce that matched the toxins found in those sickened.

CDPH said that the public is no longer at risk from the contaminated sauce because it was removed from sale on May 5. The gas station that sold the cheese sauce has been barred from selling prepared foods and can only sell prepackaged food items now, CNN reported. CDPH officers seized four bags of cheese sauce from the gas station.

CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith said, "While there are still unanswered questions about this outbreak, these tragic illnesses are important reminders to be vigilant about food safety. As we head into the summer barbecue season, both indoor and outdoor chefs need to be on guard against all foodborne illnesses."

The symptoms of botulism poisoning include blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, and muscle weakness, according to CDPH. Botulism is undetectable in foods because it is odorless and colorless. It is found in foods that were not stored properly.

Botulism is usually treatable with antitoxin and other care, sometimes in an intensive care unit. It is fatal in 3 percent to 5 percent of cases, according to the CDC. Severe cases can cause long-term effects like fatigue and shortness of breath.

Twitter users expounded on gas station food.

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