FLORENCE, Ariz. — Seven inmates at a maximum-security prison in Florence
have been treated with an anti-toxin to treat their suspected botulism poisoning
over the weekend from drinking alcohol that was made clandestinely by prisoners.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided the anti-toxin and will
be performing tests to verify that the suspicion that inmates from the Arizona
State Prison Complex Eyman were suffering from botulism poisoning.
Pinal County spokeswoman Heather Murphy says the seven inmates remain in
intensive care and have been intubated.
Murphy says an eighth inmate is also being evaluated but has not been treated
with the anti-toxin.
Authorities suspect the suspected botulism came from the material used to make
the alcohol or was a result of unsanitary conditions in which the alcohol was