Man sickened by nacho cheese in botulism outbreak dies

Authorities say an Antioch man is dead in an apparent botulism outbreak stemming from nacho-cheese dip sold at a gas station this month.

According to KTXL, Lavinia Kelly put nacho cheese sauce on Doritos chips on April 21, and had to be rushed to the hospital soon after.

The nacho cheese sauce tested positive for the toxin that causes botulism, a severe illness marked by vomiting, blurry vision and gradual paralysis, the California Department of Public Health announced.

A major outbreak of food-borne botulism stemmed from a church potluck in OH in 2015, when at least 29 people fell ill.

Officials have stripped the gas station of its permit to sell food and drinks. People who ate prepared food, especially nacho cheese sauce, from the station between April 23 and May 5 and have symptoms should contact their medical provider immediately, the health department said. The state agency believes there is no continuing risk to the public.

"While there are still unanswered questions about this outbreak, these tragic illnesses are important reminders to be vigilant about food safety", CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith wrote in a press release.

The San Francisco County coroner's office identified the victim as Martin Galindo-Larios Jr., 37.

Authorities said Friday that all 10 people sickened were hospitalized.

"Gehl's facilities remain safe for food production and all of our food samples continue to test negative for any contaminants", the statement continued.

After the source of the outbreak was determined, the investigation will look into the cause of it and see if the gas station mishandled their food items or if the manufacturers and distributors are the ones at fault. Two of the patients are teenagers, both of whom are in the hospital, he said.

Kelly's now been in intensive care for three weeks, suffering the full body paralytic effects that are also keeping others hospitalized.

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