1 dead and 9 hospitalized with botulism after eating nacho cheese sauce

The Clostridium botulinum seen under a microscope.

Story highlights

  • The contaminated sauce was removed from sale on May 5
  • Health officials believe there is no continued risk to the public

(CNN)One person is dead and nine others were hospitalized after they contracted botulism from eating contaminated nacho cheese sauce at a gas station outside of Sacramento, California, state and local officials said.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released a statement Monday indicating the cheese sauce had tested positive for the toxins released by bacteria that cause the illness. The same toxins were identified in patients tested by the department.
The CDPH said it doesn't believe there is any continued threat to the public because the contaminated sauce was removed from sale on May 5.