One dead after church potluck in Ohio, 23 sick with botulism

One dead after church potluck in Ohio, 23 sick with botulism

At least 20 people have been hospitalized in Central Ohio after a church potluck possibly due to botulism outbreak. The local health officials are investigating the matter in detail as one person has died and 23 others are sick. The officials interviewed the people who attended Sunday potluck at Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster.

The local health officials have collected samples from the church’s trash bins for checking the source of infection. The initial reports suggest that at least 5 patients were critically ill. The Fairfield Medical Center informed that the condition is not contagious and the most probable reason could be food contamination.

Around 50-60 people attended the Sunday potluck and 24 have been found with illness. The symptoms usually begin 18-36 hours after consuming contaminated food. In certain cases, the symptoms could even take 10 days to appear.

The Fairfield Medical Center received botulism antitoxin in Ohio from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday night. It has been distributed among the hospitals treating the patients.

Dr. Andrew Murry with the Fairfield Medical Center said, “Every person that we've seen was at this potluck.”

Ohio Department of Health said that all the people who attended the potluck will be monitored for at least 10 days for any symptoms of botulism.

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