CHA News Article

CDPH Issues Botulism Alert in Sacramento County

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued the attached alert on its investigation of foodborne botulism in Sacramento County. According to the alert, five patients were recently hospitalized after consuming prepared food from the Valley Oak Food and Fuel gas station in Walnut Grove. On May 5, Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH) stopped the sale of prepared food at that location. To assist CDPH in its investigation, clinicians should:

  • Report all patients with suspected botulism via phone at (916) 875-5881 and electronically via CalREDIE.
  • Inquire about exposure to prepared food if a patient exhibits botulism symptoms.
  • Collect pre-treatment specimens and coordinate with SCPH for laboratory testing.
  • Treat patients immediately with botulism antitoxin.