What is botulism, and how does it kill?


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1 dead and 9 hospitalized with botulism after eating nacho cheese sauce

One person is dead and nine others were hospitalized after they contracted botulism from eating contaminated nacho cheese sauce at a gas station outside of Sacramento, California, state and local officials said.


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Home-canned potatoes to blame for botulism outbreak

Local and state health officials say potato salad made with home-canned potatoes is to blame for the more than 20 cases of botulism in Lancaster, Ohio, last week. All of those who are sick ate at a potluck dinner at Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church on April 19.


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Botulism outbreak suspected at federal prison

Botulism is believed to be the cause of an outbreak of severe illness that has affected 20 inmates at a federal prison in Mississippi, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Thursday. More than a dozen inmates remain hospitalized. Test results for the toxin are pending. Investigators believe the inmates became ill as a result of drinking homemade alcohol.


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They tried for 17 years to have a baby. Now they have sextuplets

Sextuplets are very rare. Nearly four million babies were born in the US. The number of quintuplets or higher? Only 24.


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