1977 : Worst Outbreak of Botulism in Nation’s History

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March 28, 2022 all-day
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On March 28, 1977, the worst outbreak of botulism in the nation’s history occurred when 59 people contracted the disorder after eating food at a Pontiac Mexican restaurant. The source : home canned peppers.

Though all but two of the victims were hospitalized — some in critical condition — through quick identification of the toxin, which was one of the deadliest poisons known, fatalities were averted.

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Bryan Times via Google News, April 4, 1977.

Source: Mich-Again’s Day

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