54-Year-Old Woman Dies in Church Botulism Outbreak That Sickened 23 Others

April 22, 2015 9:03 PM

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54-Year-Old Woman Dies in Church Botulism Outbreak That Sickened 23 Others

A 54-year-old woman has died of botulism after attending a church potluck where 23 others are suspected to have become ill with the toxin, officials said today.

Up to 60 people attended a potluck at Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster, Ohio, on Sunday, and state and local health officials say they suspect about 24 people came down with botulism, a rare but potentially fatal paralytic illness.

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