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Botulism Outbreak in Chelan County 11/4/2013


BA new case of Botulism has been reported in Chelan County. Health officials from Chelan County believe that the case is related to injections of contaminated heroin. Now, injecting heroin isn't good for your health as it is, but coupled with botulism bacteria it can turn into a serious infection or death.

What do the symptoms of botulism look and feel like you ask? You may experience weak or drooping eyelids, double vision or blurred vision, extreme dry mouth, sore throat, trouble swallowing, trouble breathing or talking, and shortness of breath.

Those symptoms typically occur in the first two weeks of contracting the infection. You may not notice the abscess, they may be difficult to see or find. If the infection goes untreated, it may cause paralysis, then shut down your breathing, and until it ultimately leads to your death.

If the wound is caught early, it can be treated. It is extremely important to catch it early and begin treatment as soon a possible. If you or someone you know are experiencing these symptoms, go to nearest emergency room.

If you have any questions, contact your nearest health professional or the Chelan-Douglas Health District at 509-886-6400.