Man dies in California botulism outbreak from nacho-cheese

May 24, 2017, 05:26
Man dies in California botulism outbreak from nacho-cheese

The contaminated nacho cheese sauce is believed to have caused the 37-year-old husband, and father of two boys, to die after contracting botulism, according to Fox 4. She went to the hospital, but was sent home hours later.

Kelly has spent more than three weeks in the intensive care unit, KTXL reports.

The Galindo family did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Botulism is a rare condition that happens when nerve toxins are released from a specific kind of bacteria, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Additional symptoms include difficulty swallowing or speaking, dry mouth, facial weakness, blurred or double vision, drooping eyelids, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps.

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Foodborne botulism, while rare, can happen when someone ingests food contaminated with toxin-producing bacteria.

"If there are any muscles that have been paralyzed from the toxin, it's not reversed by the anti-toxin".

The National Organization for Rare Disorders says there were 199 confirmed and 14 probable cases of botulism reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2015, the previous year for which statistics were available.

Tom Russo, M.D., head of the infectious disease division at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at University at Buffalo and an infectious disease specialist with UBMD Internal Medicine, tells SELF that foods that don't undergo proper processing to kill spores are at an increased risk of causing botulism.

More than 70 per cent involved infants, and foodborne botulism comprised 20 per cent of cases.

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Galindo's brother said he doesn't know for sure if Galindo got the illness from the Valley Oak Food and Fuel in the small area of Walnut Grove, but says the timelines do match up.

Botulism treatment isn't easy to get.

While botulism can be fatal, the CDC's website said only 3 percent to 5 percent of patients die. It's also important to boil home-processed, low-acid and tomato foods canned foods in a saucepan for 10 minutes before serving, even if there are no signs of spoilage.

After the source of the outbreak was determined, the investigation will look into the cause of it and see if the gas station mishandled their food items or if the manufacturers and distributors are the ones at fault.

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