A second Maui man might have contracted botulism after eating a nationally recalled product.
On Friday, Keith Regan, 35, checked into the Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he was told that he has a mild case of botulism. He was released that afternoon.
“It’s kind of a shock,” he said. “I just wish there’d been more warnings with the (food) labels that are familiar to us in Hawaii.”
Regan, of Wailuku, last ate a can of Cattle Drive chili on July 20, a day before the chili maker, Castleberry’s Food Co., recalled more than 90 brands of chili, stew and other food products that could contain the poisonous bacteria.
Several of the Augusta, Ga., company’s products have been removed from store shelves in Hawaii. Regan bought the chili from Costco in Kahului, which has since stopped selling the products.
What were the poor man’s symptoms?
Regan ate about three-quarters of the can with nachos before having flulike symptoms that afternoon.
“It felt like I was just sick,” he said. “I was feeling very tired, loss of energy, kind of lethargic.”
He also had diarrhea and a tingling sensation in his head and shoulders. Later, he had tingling and pain in his fingers, and his vision began blurring. Through the week, however, the symptoms began to diminish.
Friday, after learning through e-mail about a Maui man sickened after eating a recalled product, Regan immediately went to the emergency room.
Doctors told him it was likely botulism and that it could take months for the symptoms to subside while the toxin worked its way out of his system.
THROW IT OUT. Do not eat it with nachos. Do not eat it in a box. Do not eat it with a fox.