Man dies after being sickened in apparent botulism outbreak

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This form of food poisoning, known as botulism, is more serious than most and can render the victim unable to breathe or speak on their own, as is the case with Lavinia Kelly.

"Botulism can be treated with antitoxin and supportive care, often in an intensive care unit".

Kelly went from being a busy, happy mother of three to a partially paralyzed hospital patient after putting nacho cheese on her Doritos at a gas station, family members say.

Botulism can result in death due to respiratory failure but it's rare.

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. Someone who does contract botulism may have symptoms including double or blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, trouble swallowing, dry mouth and muscle weakness. Symptoms to botulism usually appears around 18 to 36 hours after ingesting the contaminated food. In this outbreak, 29 were sickened and one died. Infants can also contract botulism through soil or dust and in this case, it can't be prevented in any way other than keeping a clean environment. There is no recall of Gehl's nacho cheese product.

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.

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Health officials have connected 10 botulism illness cases to Valley Oak Food and Fuel gas station in the Walnut Grove suburb.

Many people recover fully, but it might take months and extended rehabilitation therapy. Nearly nobody gets botulism these days.

While botulism can be fatal, the CDC's website said only 3 percent to 5 percent of patients die.

Again, botulism is uncommon and you don't need to stress out about it, but Crane says it's a good idea to be careful about the food that you eat.

Though the store was ordered to stop selling prepared foods on May 5, it was allowed to reopen and sell prepackaged food items only on May 8 after a California Department of Public Health officer seized four bags of the cheese sauce, according to a Sacramento County inspection report.

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