The number of suspected cases of botulism in Fairfield County has risen to 24.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, one person has died and 23 others are hospitalized after exhibiting symptoms of the rare paralytic illness Tuesday afternoon.
Anti-toxins were delivered late Tuesday from a national stockpile and it has been used to treat patients at area hospitals.
All the patients showing symptoms of the illness were at a potluck on Sunday at the Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster. There were between 50 and 60 people at the event.
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.