A 37-year-old father to two young boys died on May 18th after being the victim of a Botulism outbreak in California.
Botulism is an extremely rare poisoning caused by ‘toxins produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria’ and is usually spread through food and water. There has only been less than 200 cases reported since the year 2015.
It is easily treatable by a medical professional, but medical attention must be acquired immediately. Symptoms of the poisoning are serious and include difficulty swallowing, breathing, and speaking as well as paralysis. During and after treatment, patients are usually on ventilators for a lengthened period-of-time, up to even several months.
The recent outbreak is linked to nacho cheese sold at a gas station located in Northern California called ‘Valley Oak Food and Fuel’, which has also hospitalized 9 other people according to Fox News.
The dad stopped to get a snack on the way to a job site in Sacramento roughly a month ago, before his life was taken by the poisoning.
The nacho cheese, manufactured by Gehl Foods in Wisconsin, has been removed from all shelves.
Fox News also reports that an investigation is currently ongoing to determine what directly caused the Botulism outbreak.
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