YAZOO CITY, Miss. (WJTV) – The Mississippi State Health Department is investigating cases of botulism at the Yazoo Federal Prison.
There are 17 suspected cases according to the Mississippi State Department of Health.
Authorities believe inmates became sick from “a homemade alcoholic beverage known as hooch, pruno or brew, which can be made from vegetable and fruit scraps, sugar and water” according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Of those 17 cases, 16 became sick at the prison. One inmate was transferred to Oklahoma.
At this time, 15 inmates are hospitalized at local Jackson-Metro area hospitals.
Two inmates have been treated and released.
All inmates were treated with an anti-toxin.
It takes between six hours and 10 days for botulism to appear.
Inmates are being closely monitored because more are expected to become ill.
Botulism can not be spread from person to person.
The only inmates at risk are those who drank the intoxicant.
Because of this suspected outbreak, family visitation has been stopped until further notice.
This is the sixth national outbreak in a prison since 2004.