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5 NEWS UPDATE: Reported Botulism Case Remains Under Investigation; New Details Released
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on March 15, 2012 @ 4:47PM
Created on March 15, 2012 @ 5:05PM
5 NEWS UPDATE 3-15-12
The Barbour County Sheriff's Office is releasing the following update to the alert put out Wednesday evening.

The suspected food items have been sent to a reference lab for further testing.  

The Barbour County Health Department has reviewed the medical records and at this time have no reason to believe this is a case of Botulism.  The patient is recovering and the symptoms are not consistent with Botulism, which is a fast progressing condition.

We will continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.  As soon as any results are confirmed, further information will be released.

If you or a family member have medical concerns, you should seek medical attention with your physician or a medical facility.
The Barbour County Sheriff's Department says they've received a report of Botulism connected to the eating of Stauffer's Iced Animal Crackers.

"We have received a report of Botulism connected to the eating of Stauffer's Iced Animal Crackers until further notice," the Sheriff's Department said in a press release.
Deputies say the reported exposed crackers were bought at the Dollar General Store in Philippi, WV.
They've asked the stores to voluntarily remove these items from store shelves.  They're working with the Barbour County Office of Emergency Services to investigate this and see if it's an isolated incident or a case of product tampering.
If you have any Stauffer Iced Animal Crackers, do not eat them.  More information will be released as soon as it becomes available.
Contact the Barbour County Sheriff's Office or 911 Center for suspected exposure.
Stay with 5 News for updates.
Botulism Definition from MayoClinic
Botulism is a rare but serious condition caused by toxins from bacteria called Clostridium botulinum.

Botulism comes in three main forms:
  • Infant botulism. This most common form of botulism begins after Clostridium botulinum bacterial spores grow in a baby's intestinal tract. It typically occurs between the ages of 2 and 6 months.
  • Food-borne botulism. The harmful bacteria thrive and produce the toxin in environments with little oxygen, such as in canned food.
  • Wound botulism. If these bacteria get into a cut, they can cause a dangerous infection that produces the toxin.

Because all types of botulism can potentially cause death, all types of botulism are considered medical emergencies.

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Comments (2)
Mar 15, 2012 at 8:26 PM
Ugh... I promise this is not a case of botulism. Someone just did a VERY irresponsible thing by releasing any information prior to a thorough epidemiologic investigation. I'm sure there were a few parents freaking over this...way to go, Barbour Co.
Mar 14, 2012 at 5:40 PM
I really can't see how animal cookies can have botulism.Unless they vacuumed packed them without oxygen? someone needs to look into this, Botulism grows in a oxygen free moist environment.
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