Volume 15, Number 1–January 2009


Botulism from Drinking Pruno

Duc J. Vugia, Comments to AuthorSundari R. Mase,1 Barbara Cole, John Stiles, Jon Rosenberg, Linda Velasquez,2 Allen Radner, and Greg Inami
Author affiliations: California Department of Public Health,3 Richmond, California, USA (D.J. Vugia, S.R. Mase, J. Rosenberg, G. Inami); Riverside County Department of Public Health, Riverside, California, USA (B. Cole); California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Riverside (J. Stiles); Monterey County Health Agency, Monterey, California, USA (L. Velasquez); and Natividad Medical Center, Salinas, California, USA (A. Radner)


Source of Article: http://www.cdc.gov/eid/content/15/1/69.htm

Suggested citation for this article

Foodborne botulism occurred among inmates at 2 prisons in California in 2004 and 2005. In the first outbreak, 4 inmates were hospitalized, 2 of whom required intubation. In the second event, 1 inmate required intubation. Pruno, an alcoholic drink made illicitly in prisons, was the novel vehicle for these cases.



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