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ALERT: CDC Warns of Counterfeit Botox Causing Serious Illness

Botox Causing Serious Illness

United States: According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is ongoing research regarding cases of “a few botulism-like illnesses in several states after injections (commonly called ‘Botox’) administered in non-medical settings,” the agency said in a warning.

The agency said further, “We are coordinating a multi-state outbreak investigation.”

Reports of illness by injections

As suggested by US CDC reports, agencies from Tennessee and Illinois have reported sick individuals, and the department is working with the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to find the cause and origin of the disease, according to Fox News.

In reports, four patients noted that they came to the hospital to receive medical care after having botulinum toxin signs and symptoms, and it happened two days after they got their Botox injections from cosmetic doctors. The Tennessee Department of Health reported.

After receiving the news, two people were hospitalized for their health.

As per the statement from the state health department, “Joint investigations have identified concerns about the use of counterfeit products or products with unclear origin administered in non-medical settings such as homes or cosmetic spas,” as Fox News reported.

Moreover, the health department of Illinois has seen a similar statement after two patients reportedly received counterfeit Botox injections in LaSalle County.

Both of the individuals complained the following symptoms: blurred/double vision, droopy face, fatigue, difficulty in breathing, shortness of breath and hoarse voice as well, the statement noted.

They were both hospitalized and got the injections from a registered nurse employed there who was “performing work outside her authority.”

Additionally, more cases were reported in places like Kentucky, Washington, and Colorado.

CDC noted, “The sources of these botulinum toxin products are unknown or unverified at this time,” and, “Questions about product regulation and product investigation should be directed to the FDA.”

More about Botulism

Visual Representation of Botulism. Credit | Adobe Stock

Botulism is a life-threatening illness with sometimes fatal outcomes that occur by the action of a poison that attacks the toxin nerves of the body, as explained by the CDC.

First of all, the initial symptoms involve the patients feeling muscle weakness in the eyes, around the mouth, face, and neck, which may also affect the arms, chest, and limbs.

Besides all of the above-listed symptoms, such as blurred or double vision, difficulty breathing, trouble swallowing, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, and difficulty moving the eyes may also occur.

According to the Fox News reports, Dr. Salar Hazany, a certified dermatologist and reconstructive surgeon at Scar Healing Institute in Beverly Hills, said, “What’s particularly concerning are the respiratory problems that some are experiencing,” and “If the wrong patient begins having trouble with their breathing, it could be fatal.”

Moreover, Dr. Craig Lehrman, director of aesthetic surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, also stated that fake botox injections had been a menace since the early part of the 2000s.

Lehrman said, “Unfortunately, I treat several patients a year who have received non-approved injectables of things they are told to be safe, which ends up having serious consequences,” and, “It has mostly been linked to injections in settings such as someone’s home or a poorly regulated med spa.”

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