Sickened Utah inmates return to prison cells

Oct 8 2011 - 9:03am

SALT LAKE CITY -- Officials say five state prison inmates hospitalized earlier this week after suffering from suspected botulism have been released.

KSTU-TV reports ( ) the inmates have been returned to the Utah State Prison, but three others remain in critical condition.

A dozen inmates were sickened after prison officials say they drank alcohol brewed inside a cell.

The Salt Lake Valley Health Department says botulism is a rare but serious illness that can cause paralysis, even death.

It wasn't clear where the drink was made, what its ingredients were or who was responsible for its production. Prison officials believe the inmates drank the cell brew -- typically made with fruit, water and sugar -- over the weekend.

Most of the 12 inmates became sick on Saturday. The last illness was reported Monday.


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