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November 04, 2023

What To Do If You Think You've Contracted Botulism

Although botulism can be diagnosed based on clinical symptoms, distinguishing it from other diseases is often difficult, especially in the absence of other known persons affected by the condition. Common misdiagnoses include Guillain-Barré syndrome and myasthenia gravis, which also manifest flaccid paralysis. …

March 31, 2023

The Link Between Botulism and Botox: What To Know

Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It's the same toxin that causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning called botulism. …

November 25, 2022

Can You Sue a Grocery Store for Botulism?

Is everyone who handles an injurious food product potentially liable then? No. Most states’ laws will not hold a retail food seller liable if it simply sold a contaminated food product it did not manufacture unless there is evidence of negligence, some unreasonable act. Suppose you buy a can of …

October 20, 2022

The Link Between Canned Food and Botulism

Most of the botulism events that are reported annually in the United States are associated with home-canned foods that have not been safely processed. Very occasionally, however, commercially- processed foods are implicated as the source of a botulism events, including sausages, beef stew, canned vegetables, and seafood products. …

March 08, 2022

Why Botulism Is the Most Dangerous Food-borne Illness

Botulism is a rare but potentially life-threatening bacterial illness. Clostridium Botulinum bacteria grows on food and produces toxins that, when ingested, cause paralysis. Botulism poisoning is extremely rare, but so dangerous that each case is considered a public health emergency. Studies have shown that there is a 35 to 6 …

September 09, 2021

How Common Is Botulism in the World?

Botulism is a rare, life-threatening paralytic illness caused by neurotoxins produced by an anaerobic, gram-positive, spore-forming bacterium, Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum). …

March 10, 2021

August 22, 2020

The 2017 Valley Oak Gas Station Cheese Botulism Outbreak

At least ten individuals suffered severe botulism illnesses, with one death, after consuming cheese sauce contaminated with C. botulinum from the Valley Oak Food and Fuel Company store (VOFF) located at 14165 River Road in Walnut Grove, California. …

August 22, 2020

The 2007 Castleberry Botulism Outbreak

On July 7, 2007, the CDC learned that two siblings in Texas were critically ill with botulism and that their illnesses were likely acquired by eating contaminated food. …

August 22, 2020

Botulism Associated with Commercial Carrot Juice—Georgia and Florida, September 2006

On September 8, 2006, the Georgia Division of Public Health (GDPH) and CDC were notified of three suspected cases of foodborne botulism in Washington County, Georgia …

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