A third person has died and more than 100 people have been sickened by tainted synthetic pot that has caused symptoms of severe bleeding, state health officials announced Monday.
The third person to die was a man in his 40s in central Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. More than half of the people who have been sickened in the outbreak are from the Peoria area.
In Peoria County, 29 people have been hospitalized in recent weeks, while 32 have been hospitalized in adjacent Tazewell County, according to state health officials.
In total, 107 people have been hospitalized, including the three people who have died, since March 7, according to state officials. Numerous people who reported being sick after using synthetic pot later tested positive for brodifacoum, a poison commonly used in rodent control. Those sickened have reported blood in the urine, severe bloody noses, bleeding gums and internal bleeding.