Spring Snow/Game 3 of the Playoffs/Deadly Botulism in Ohio

Spring Snow/Game 3 of the Playoffs/Deadly Botulism in Ohio


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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -Game 3 of the Cavaliers playoff series is in Boston, but that doesn't mean the Q won't be rocking with thousands of fans.


with room for 20,000 fans.

"We're going to have the Cavalier Girls, the Scream Team, Moon Dog, all of our entertainment," said Tracy Marek, vice-president of marketing

for the team. "Really, just creating the kind of experience you'd expect to get if you were at an actual Cavs game."

The party is also designed to be family friendly.

"We're actually going to set up all kinds of basketball nets and games and face-painting and activities, and all kinds of personalities on the floor," Marek added. "So you can watch the game. You can let the kids run around and have fun. It's just a great family atmosphere."

Not far from the Q, there will be mini-watch parties all over downtown Cleveland, at places like City Tap.

"Whenever there's a lot of people over there, we can always count on some extra business here in the Gateway District," said City Tap bartender Eric Theis. "We could always use that. There's no doubt about that."

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Heath officials said Wednesday they are working to determine which food from a church potluck might have caused a suspected

that left one person dead and 23 others sick.

Doctors and officials said at a news conference Wednesday that health workers are interviewing those who attended the Sunday potluck at Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster to determine what might have caused the outbreak.

Fairfield Medical Center announced Tuesday that one woman had died of the suspected illness and at least 18 were sickened. The number of ill rose to 23 Wednesday.

Dr. Mark Aebi with Fairfield County Health said health officials are collecting samples from the church's trash bin for leads. They're also going into homes to test samples of homemade canned items that were used for some of the dishes at the potluck.

Officials have narrowed down their search to a few items that seem suspect, Aebi said.

Dr. Andrew Murry with the Fairfield Medical Center said a botulism antitoxin arrived in Ohio at around midnight Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was then distributed to the several central Ohio hospitals treating the 23 patients with suspected cases of botulism.

Doctors are waiting on test results to confirm the illness, but doctors are fairly certain it's botulism, Murry said.

Symptoms include blurred or double vision, drooping eyelids, difficulty swallowing and shortness of breath.

Doctors are also confident the illness is specific to those who attended the potluck, not a communitywide outbreak.

"Every person that we've seen was at this potluck," Murry said.

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