Contact: Samantha Mott
Phone: 916-875-0973 / Cell: 916-642-5508
Public Health Investigating Multiple Cases of Botulism
In collaboration with California Department of Public Health, Sacramento County Public Health is investigating several cases of Botulism
linked to food purchased at Valley Oak Food and Fuel gas station in Walnut Grove. Sacramento County Public Health is working closely with
the Sacramento County Department of Environmental Management to stop the sale of prepared food items at this location.
Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Symptoms
can include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness.
Public Health is asking people who consumed prepared food from Valley Oak Food and Fuel from April 23, 2017 through today and
have experienced any of the above symptoms, to please contact their healthcare provider.
**For media: Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye will be available for interviews today between 2:00pm – 4:00pm. Please call 916-642-5508 to schedule an interview.