facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Hooch suspected of sickening Ariz. inmates

Nov. 27, 2012 at 7:47 PM   |   Comments

FLORENCE, Ariz., Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Botulism-tainted jailhouse hooch is the likely culprit that sent seven Arizona prison inmates to the hospital this past weekend, authorities suspect.

KPHO-TV, Phoenix, reported Tuesday the outbreak started with five prisoners getting sick Saturday in the Special Management Unit 1 at the Arizona State Prison Complex Eyman in Florence. Two more fell ill Sunday.

All seven inmates were in intensive care, the TV station said.

Pinal County Public Health officials and staff from the state Departments of Corrections and Health Services are investigating suspicions that the inmates may have contracted the botulism poisoning from homemade alcohol made from fermented fruit.

Samples of the alcohol were sent for testing and officials were awaiting the lab results, KPHO-TV said.

Botulism causes muscle weakness and difficulty speaking, chewing or swallowing. Left untreated, it can lead to paralysis.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Poll: Voters don't like Republicans but will vote for them Poll: Voters don't like Republicans but will vote for them
2
Playboy Magazine names UPenn top party school for 2014 Playboy Magazine names UPenn top party school for 2014
3
Texas woman set for execution for starving girlfriend's son Texas woman set for execution for starving girlfriend's son
4
Occupy Wall Street celebrates 3-year anniversary by forgiving $4 million of student debt Occupy Wall Street celebrates 3-year anniversary by forgiving $4 million of student debt
5
Peshmerga forces kill senior Islamic State commander Peshmerga forces kill senior Islamic State commander
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback