CDC Confirms Wound Botulism Death

Botulism

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released news of the death in San Diego County

The incidence and severity of wound botulism cases among patients in California as a result of opioid drug injection has led to at least one recently confirmed death in California. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released news of the death in San Diego County, where an ongoing trend of wound botulism has been documented. The disease is a rare illness that is caused by skin popping, a method of injecting a drug under the skin instead of into a vein or a muscle (muscling). A reported outbreak has led to the hospitalization of several patients requiring treatment in the intensive care unit who have reportedly been treated with heptavalent botulism antitoxin (BAT). According to a report by Contagion, a print and online news resource that covers all areas of infectious disease, the death occurred in a long-term care facility one week after the patient received the BAT. All patients may have injected black tar heroin, a cruder form of heroin that is most dangerous when injected under the skin, with toxicology results confirming drug use in at least six patients of a reported nine patients involved in the confirmed illnesses (one suspected), according to the Contagion report. At least seven patients reportedly claimed using the black tar heroin specifically, while six reported to have used the drug through the skin popping method. At least two patients were said to have received naloxone, a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose, without experiencing relief symptoms, including the patient who died. Additionally, the California Department of Public Health reportedly released BAT for 45 patients with suspected wound botulism in various counties from Jan. 1 through Nov. 5, 2018, according to the Contagion report.”

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