Man dies after being sickened in apparent botulism outbreak

The outbreak, which killed Martin Galindo-Larious Jr., has hospitalized at least nine others, leaving one victim paralyzed, health officials said Monday. Galindo's family confirmed his death on GoFundMe. An online fundraising page that claimed to have been set up by his family said he was married and the father of two small children.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released a statement on Monday stating that the cheese sauce at the gas station had tested positive for the toxins released by bacteria which causes the illness.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and state health officials are investigating the outbreak but officials say they have seen no evidence of any other contaminated containers of the dip.

"We immediately retested samples from the relevant lot of cheese, and it remains clear of any contamination", the company said. "To ensure the integrity of those test results, we also sent multiple samples to an independent lab, which confirmed our findings", Beringause said. Survivors, including victims of the latest outbreak, are forced to spend weeks or months on ventilators.

Food-borne botulism is an uncommon but serious paralytic illness, the department noted, stemming from an odorless and colorless toxin found in foods not properly processed or stored.

Fewer than 100 cases of foodborne botulism are reported in the USA every year - in some years, there are not even 20 annual cases, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Share with Us - We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article, and smart, constructive criticism. Says Beringause in a statement, "Gehl's facilities remain safe for food production and all of our food samples continue to test negative for any contaminants".

Botulism is a rare type of food poisoning, and usually linked to home-canned food gone wrong.

The Mayo Clinic reports that foodborne botulism is caused by toxins from bacteria called Clostridium botulinum, which thrives in environments with low oxygen, such as canned food. The CDC recommends throwing away any food you suspect may be contaminated. The majority of botulism patients never fully recover.

Additional symptoms include difficulty swallowing or speaking, dry mouth, facial weakness, blurred or double vision, drooping eyelids, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps.

Patients also report a generally less happy and peaceful psychological state than before their illness.

  • Leroy Wright