Botulism Infects over 20 Individuals, Leads to Injuries and Death

by | Apr 27, 2015 | Firm News, Personal Injury |

Personal injuries can happen almost anywhere and at any time, but sometimes,
these injuries seem to come under unusual circumstances. Take this case
out of Ohio, for instance. According to the news from April 27, a number
of people have been suffering from botulism, and that issue has now been
linked back to a church potluck dinner.

The contaminated food may have been undercooked, leading to questions about
the manufacturing and storage of the food. In situations where botulism
arises, those who suffer from it may be able to seek compensation from
those making the food as well as the manufacturers, since the bacteria
should not survive packaging.

The Ohio Department of Health discussed the situation, confirming that
at least 21 people have suffered botulism from the meal. One woman has
died in relation to the meal, which was infected with the contaminate.
She likely suffered from the most severe form of botulism, where paralysis
travels quickly throughout the body resulting in death.

Botulism can cause a number of serious conditions in those who suffer from
it. Caused by the bacteria clostridium botulinum, this bacteria produce
a toxin called botulinum toxin. The toxin is poisonous to humans and can
result in paralysis and death.

There are four types of botulism: infant, adult, foodborne and wound, and
it’s believed to be foodborne botulism affecting these church-goers.
It’s possible that those who are treated can return to a healthy
life, but all botulism cases do need to be treated as emergencies. Severe
cases of paralysis can lead to respiratory failure and death. To make
sure botulism isn’t affecting food, the cook simply needs to heat
it to over 250 degrees Fahrenheit.


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