posted on Nov, 30 2004 @ 01:59 AM
Two cases of botulism poisoning in Florida have occurred in a couple that recently received cosmetic injections of the toxins. Health officials are
attempting to determine if the injections are the source of the infection. Both are listed in critical condition and are requiring the use of
ventilators. Officials in New Jersey are also monitoring two other patients that also received injections.
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) -- A couple who underwent Botox injections last week were hospitalized with botulism poisoning, and health officials
were attempting to determine whether the injections were to blame.
The man and woman, both in their 50s, were in critical condition Sunday at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and were breathing through ventilators,
said Dr. Charles Schallop, a neurologist treating them. Hospital officials did not immediately return a call Monday to update their condition.
In New Jersey, Department of Health spokeswoman Gretchen Michael said health officials are monitoring two other patients there who might have
botulism. Officials are working with the Florida Department of Health, although no link between the cases has been confirmed, Michael said.
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The company that makes the product has pointed to the safety record of the product that dates back to the late 70ís and has a low rate of
complications. However given the recent injections of Botox, which is based on botulism, its pretty likely that that is the source of the infection.
The New Jersey couple was also at the same clinic that the Florida couple received their injection. However, its not clear if the drug came from the
same lot or was contaminated in some way.