Officials: 1 Dead, 20 Sickened After Ohio Church Potluck
Officials say one person has died and at least 20 have been sickened following a potluck this weekend at an Ohio church.
Fairfield Medical Center said that all patients showing symptoms of foodborne Botulism attended a potluck picnic at Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church.
The CDC is sending an anti-toxin to treat the rare illness, which is not contagious.
The medical center explained in a statement:
We are in the process of obtaining more information about these patients and our incident command team has assembled to handle this emergency. We are working with local community partners, including the Emergency Management Agency, and regional healthcare contacts for support.
Symptoms include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids and difficulty swallowing. Symptoms usually start within 18-36 hours after consuming contaminated food, but can occur up to 10 days post-ingestion.
If you were at this event and are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please go to the nearest emergency department. If you were at this event and are unsure if you should seek medical attention, please call our emergency hotline at 740-687-8053.