By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

Health officials in Howard County, MD are reporting a botulism case. The preliminary investigation identified the possible source as an acupuncture and herbal practice in Ellicott City.


The health department warns if food, teas, or other products that can be put in/on the body were purchased, or otherwise received from this practice, located in the 3300 block of St. Johns Lane, it is strongly recommended to discard it immediately. It may be put in the trash, or if it is liquid, dumped down the sink.

Foodborne botulism is one of five main kinds of botulism. Botulism occurs when a person eats or drinks something contaminated with this toxic bacterium.

The first symptoms may include nausea and vomiting. It might also include muscle weakness of the eyes, face, mouth, and throat. This weakness may spread to the neck, arms, legs and torso, which can lead to difficulty breathing and even death. It is essential to seek emergency medical attention immediately for anyone displaying these symptoms.

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