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US & Canada: An outbreak of severe food poisoning in Sacramento, California, that left nine people in hospital has been linked to cheese sauce sold on nacho crisps at a family-ran petrol station.

 

It is reported that Health officials have stopped Valley Oak Food and Fuel selling food. A case of botulism is rare but sometimes it can be fatal. It was reported that on May 5th nine people are confirmed to have it. Out of nine people one was so ill that she could not speak or keep her eyes open.

 

Dr. Oliva Kasirye of the Sacramento County Public Health Department told reporters that preliminary testing showed the cheese was carrying Botulism.  The family of the affected patients has filed a lawsuit against the petrol station, claiming neglect.

 

Therefore, we all need to look out for food safety issues. Botulism poisoning is caused by bacteria called Clostridium that release toxins. The human digestive processes cannot break down the toxic chemical, which moves to the nervous system.  In adults, this take place between 18-36 hours after eating contaminated food.
 

Botulism may be treated with anti-toxin drug but treatment depends on the how quick the botulism is detected and how much of the bacterium has been swallowed.




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