10 hospitalized with botulism tied to nacho cheese sauce

The bacteria known as botulism cause about 145 cases of human illness a year in the US.

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  • The cheese sauce has been seized by California Department of Public Health officials
  • Gas station near Sacramento has been allowed to reopen to sell prepackaged foods

(CNN)Ten people have been hospitalized after they contracted botulism from eating nacho cheese sauce served at a gas station outside of Sacramento, California, according to state and local officials.

The Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement last week that the cause of the illness "appears to be prepared food, particularly nacho cheese sauce" from a gas station in Walnut Grove.
Botulism is a rare illness caused by nerve toxins released from bacteria, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms can include blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech and