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At Least 19 Women Experience Adverse Reactions Following Botox Injections

At least 19 women in nine states became ill after receiving counterfeit injections of botox or managed by unlicensed persons, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Monday.

Nine of the 19 patients injected with botulinum toxin, commonly known as Botox, were hospitalized, and four received an antitoxin because of doctors’ concerns that the substance may have spread beyond the injection site.

The CDC explained that “many of the products investigated” were counterfeit or were administered in settings not licensed to provide medical services such as spas or homes.

They also found that some of the injections were given by unlicensed or untrained people.

Cases have been detected in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee and Washington. No deaths have been reported.

Members of the public with questions related to the research should contact the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The CDC warned that if a person who has received a Botox injection has symptoms such as difficulty swallowing or breathing they should seek medical attention immediately.

The institution clarified that Botox injections approved by the FDA and administered by licensed professionals and in healthcare settings are considered safe.

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