More People Sickened By Suspected Botulism From Church Potluck
The Ohio Department of Health says botulism sickened 20 people who ate at a church potluck. One of those people later died.
The Ohio Department of Health said Friday that 20 people are confirmed to have contracted botulism after a potluck dinner Sunday at Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster. 9 additional cases are suspected health officials said Friday afternoon.
One of the 20, 55-year-old Kennetha Shaw of Rushville died from the illness Tuesday.
Health officials are testing 21 homemade and store-bought food samples including canned pickles, potato salad, coleslaw and other items to determine the source.
A botulism antitoxin arrived in Ohio earlier this week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to treat those who are ill.