Calif. woman in intensive care after eating gas station nacho cheese

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A woman is fighting for her life in the ICU while others are also hospitalized after consuming nacho cheese from a gas station in California.

This outbreak is associated with prepared food, particularly nacho cheese sauce, from the Valley Oak Food and Fuel gas station in Walnut Grove (Sacramento County).

Investigations are ongoing as to what caused the illness, but officials are now putting it down to a batch of nacho cheese. Health officials are investigating three other probable cases and one suspected case, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Sacramento County woman who purchased nacho cheese from a gas station dispenser has been sent to the Sutter Medical Center for nearly a month after being diagnosed with botulism, a serious illness that can result in paralysis, moreover, she had breath difficulty. Lavinia Kelly, who is a mother of three, was one of the more serious cases reported, and she is now in intensive care at a Sacramento hospital, experiencing partial paralysis and breathing difficulties.

In an interview with the Sacramento Bee, Kelly's partner, Ricky Torres, stated that he and members of Kelly's family do not understand how and why Kelly could have gotten so ill "over a bag of chips and nacho cheese".

She was put on a ventilator the next day and admitted to the intensive care unit, where she remains. She went to Sutter Medical Center, where she is now staying, but was sent home.

"My phone rings and I pick up the phone and it's her, she can't articulate a word", said Theresa Kelly.

She purchased some nacho cheese which she drizzled over a bag of Doritos.

'Only human mistakes create the environment for botulinum toxin to form, ' Clark said. But things took a deadly turn when Lavinia ate contaminated food.

In 2015, 39 of 199 confirmed total cases of botulism were food-borne, according to the Centers for Disease Control's most recent National Botulism Surveillance Summary [PDF]. However, one batch of this processed cheese-like product has been linked to multiple, potentially lethal cases of botulism. "That's an essential question". The Kelly family has filed suit against the gas station for negligence.

"They're acquiring astounding medical bills", Clark said. Employees on site declined to comment last week, and the business could not be reached by telephone Tuesday.

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