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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.