Health officials in Fairfield County are saying a 54-year-old woman died, 17 people are still suspected of being infected and another 21 are being observed after a botulism outbreak near Lancaster.
According to health officials 18 total people were suspected of having botulism, including the woman who died, after a potluck dinner Sunday at the Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster. There were between 50 and 60 people at the event.
Anti-toxins were delivered late Tuesday from a national stockpile and it has been used to treat patients at area hospitals.
Symptoms, which start in one to 10 days after eating contaminated food, includes double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids and difficulty swallowing.
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Health officials ask those who were at this event and are experiencing similar symptoms to go to the nearest emergency department. Those unsure if they should seek medical attention are asked to call the hospital’s emergency hotline at 740-687-8053.
The hospital is working with local community partners, including the Emergency Management Agency, and regional healthcare contacts for support.