Gas station nacho cheese tainted with botulism kills man

Martin Galindo-Larios Jr and family (KRON photo)
Martin Galindo-Larios Jr and family (KRON photo)

SACRAMENTO (KRON) — Authorities say an Antioch man is dead in an apparent botulism outbreak stemming from nacho-cheese dip sold at a gas station this month.

Martin Galindo-Larios Jr., 37, died Thursday.

According to a GoFundMe page, Galindo-Larios Jr. became ill around the beginning of May when nacho cheese sauce was being sold at a Sacramento-area gas station.

California health officials say the illnesses appear caused by botulism carried in nacho-cheese dip sold at a gas station in the Sacramento suburb of Walnut Grove.

The cheese sauce was being sold at the Valley Oak Food & Fuel gas station in Walnut Grove.

In total, 10 statewide cases of botulism from four counties have been reported to the California Department of Health in this outbreak, state health officials said Monday.

The cheese sauce was removed from sale on May 5, according to state health officials.

Health officials believe there is no further risk to the public. Galindo-Larios Jr. is the only death reported in the botulism outbreak.

Botulism is fatal in about five percent of cases. The illness can be treated with an antitoxin and supportive care, usually in an intensive care unit.

Galindo-Larios Jr. leaves behind a wife and two children.

The GoFundMe page can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/support-for-martins-recovery.

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