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Two Botulism Cases May Be Linked To Botox
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Health officials are investigating whether a Florida man and woman got botulism from Botox injections.
A spokesman for the Palm Beach County Health Department said both patients got Botox at the same clinic in Broward County. They've since been hospitalized.
Botox is a derivative of the toxin that causes botulism. It's used as an anti-wrinkle drug.
A spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said the agency is trying to learn whether a Florida man and woman got botulism from Botox injections.
Authorities are not releasing the name of the clinic and won't say when the patients received the injections of Botox. Botox is a derivative of the toxin that causes botulism that also has been used as an anti-wrinkle drug.
A neurologist said the couple told him a doctor at their Botox clinic and his girlfriend got sick from the same treatment last week. That couple is hospitalized in New Jersey.