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Botulism outbreak at Yazoo City prison

Source: Federal Bureau of Prisons Source: Federal Bureau of Prisons

The Mississippi Department of Health has reported 17 suspected cases of botulism at the Federal Correctional Institution in Yazoo City.

According to Mississippi Department of Health Director of Communications, Liz Sharlot, 16 of the cases reportedly took place among inmates at the facility. One case was confirmed in an inmate who was transferred to Oklahoma and became ill. 

Botulism is a potentially fatal illness caused by a toxin produced by a bacteria.

The prisoners, who got sick, were suspected of brewing homemade alcohol in their cells. All of the prisoners have been given the antitoxin, and two inmates have been sent back to the facility in Yazoo City. 

Fourteen of the 17 inmates remain hospitalized at three various hospitals in Jackson.

Though we do not know the details on the inmates' conditions, Sharlot says that botulism can be very dangerous, and even deadly.

The Department of Health has sent a sample of the botulism to the CDC for analysis.

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