Five hospitalised in US after eating nacho cheese from a petrol station

Officials have connected five botulism illness cases in California

Five hospitalised in US after eating nacho cheese from a petrol station

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Five people have been hospitalised after eating nacho cheese from a petrol station in Sacramento, California.

Officials have linked five botulism illness cases to Valley Oak Food and Fuel gas station in the Walnut Grove suburb, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Investigations are ongoing as to what caused the illness, but officials are currently putting it down to a batch of nacho cheese.

Sacramento health officials are also looking into four cases that may be related.

Botulism, a rare food poisoning can lead to paralysis, breathing difficulty and sometimes death.

One of the people sickened last month has filed a lawsuit against the gas station.

Lavinia Kelly has been in the hospital for three weks and is unable to speak. Kelly also can't keep her eyelids open, her partner, Ricky Torres said.

Officials have stripped the station of its permit to sell food and drinks. Employees have no responded to requests for comment.