Botulism is a disease caused by bacteria that can enter your body through contaminated food or through a cut. The bacterial toxin causes severe neurological problems including paralysis.

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How is botulism passed from person to person?

Botulism is not usually passed from person to person. It is generally contracted by eating contaminated food, although Clostridium botulinum bacteria can also enter through a wound in the skin.


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Are SIDS and botulism related?

Infant botulism and SIDS have a similar age of death demographics [peak age is around two to four months], but the botulism is easily found in an autopsy.


Can botulism kill you?

Yes active botulism can kill.


Botulism food poisoning hideout culprit?

North America, Africa, Europe.


Where did botulism originate?

It originates from the toxin produced by the bacterium, C. botulinum.


How do you prevent botulism?

BotulismBotulism is the result of ingesting toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. This bacteria is common in soil and therefore may be found on foods after they are harvested. Botulism can also result from a deep wound.

The toxin is produced by the bacteria in anaerobic conditions - conditions of low or no air - and is of particular concern for foods that are canned or stored in oil. In the case of wound botulism, the toxin is produced in deep wounds that are improperly cleaned and treated.

Prevent Botulism: An Introduction

Botulism can be prevented. The recommendations for preventing botulism depend on the type of botulism

Foodborne Botulism Prevention

The conditions under which Clostridium botulinum spores germinate and produce toxin are:

  • Absence of oxygen
  • Low acidity levels
  • Temperatures between 40 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit (4.5 to 49 degrees Celsius).

These conditions can easily develop in improperly stored home-cooked or commercial foods, as well as in canned foods that have not been prepared with proper canning procedures.

Foodborne botulism has often occurred from home-canned foods with low acid content, such as:

  • Asparagus
  • Green beans
  • Beets
  • Corn.

However, outbreaks of botulism can also occur from more unusual sources, such as:

  • Chopped garlic in oil
  • Chile peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Improperly handled baked potatoes wrapped in aluminum foil
  • Home-canned or fermented fish.

People who engage in home canning should follow strict hygienic procedures to reduce contamination of foods. Some suggestions include:

  • Refrigerate oils infused with garlic or herbs
  • Keep baked potatoes cooked in aluminum foil hot until they are served, or refrigerate them
  • Boil home-canned foods for 10 minutes before eating to ensure safety.

Instructions on safe home canning can be obtained from county extension services or from the U.S. Department of Agricultu

Botulism Prevention in Infants

Because honey can contain spores of Clostridium botulinum, and this has been a source of infection for infants, children less than 12 months old should not be fed honey. Honey is safe for people 1 year of age and older.

Botulism Prevention in Wounds

Botulism can be prevented in wounds by promptly seeking medical care for infected wounds and by not using injectable street drugs.



What area of the body does Botulism affect?

Botulism affects many body parts because it can cause blurred vision, weak muscles, stomach cramping, nausea, and difficulty of breathing.


Is botulism a virus?

No, botulism is the disease caused by the ingestion of the toxin formed during the growth of the bacteria Clostridium botulinum.


Where do you get botulism?

It is acquired from spoiled foods in which botulin is present, esp. improperly canned or marinated foods.

The number one way to tell if a can is potentially dangerous is to push on the top and bottom of the can. If the top or bottom of the can moves in any way or makes a popping sound, the can's seal has been broken and air has made its way inside. Popped cans should be discarded or returned to the store where they were purchased for replacement. On the other hand, if the can does not make a noise or move, it is most likely safe to eat despite any dents.

Another way to tell if a can is safe to eat is by simply looking at the can. If the can is bulging and bloated it is most likely unsafe. Cans will bulge and bloat when bacteria begins to produce gasses which push the can outward. You can also tell by looking at the dented can if it rusting. Rust can weaken the integrity of the can and allow air and bacteria to enter it.


Can you recover from botulism?

yes it can recovered by taking antibiotics or it is alos self recovering disorder as the agent causing botulinum can not survive in oxygen so we can recover by it in few hours to few days


Does rubbing alcohol kill botulism?

yes it does


What is the name for botulism bacteria?

Clostridium botulinum.


What is botulism?

Botulism is a food poisoning normally caused by foods that were canned or preserved improperly. Clostridium botulinumprotects itself by forming bacterial spores. Even when the vegetative cells are killed off, if the food is not processed or handled properly, the spores could survive, germinate and start growing again. The toxin is produced under anaerobic conditions, so if a jar of beans was not processed to the proper temperature or pressure for the required amount of time, the anaerobes could grow and form toxins.

The infective dose that can cause illness is only a few nanograms of the potent neurotoxin. You can't see, smell or taste the toxin. The toxin is absorbed into the body where it blocks motor nerve terminals and causes paralysis. Paralysis of the diaphragm and chest muscle can cause death by asphyxia.

Victims normally get sick within 18 to 36 hours after eating it, but cases of onset have varied from 4 hours to 8 days. Symptoms include difficulty swallowing, speaking, breathing, and may have droopy eyelids and blurred vision.

There are two other ways that someone can contract botulism:

  • Infant botulism is where babies have been fed something that contains C. bot. spores. The spores germinate in the intestinal tract and product the toxin because the infant gut is immature and allows the growth of the bacteria . The spores could come from many places, but honey is known to carry the spores. Do not feed honey to infants under 12 months old.
  • Wound botulism is also known as "gas gangrene" and occurs when a wound is colonized by the C. botbacteria.

What part of the human body is affected by botulism?

Botulism is a potentially deadly illness that is caused by a toxin produced by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum . This bacterium are found in the soil and at the bottom of lakes, streams, and oceans. The intestinal tracts of fish, mammals, crabs, and other shellfish may contain C botulinum and its spores. The bacterium's spores can survive in improperly prepared foods.

Symptoms begin in the face and eyes, and progress down both sides of the body. If left untreated, muscles in the arms, legs, and torso, as well as those used in breathing become paralyzed. Death can occur.

Symptoms can range from mild to severe and include:

In adults:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Double or blurred vision
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore throat
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty breathing

Does Botulism affect animals?

Yes. Animals can become ill from the botulinum toxin, too.


Who does botulism affect?

Botulism can affect anyone that eats food containing the bacteria.


What does botulism do to affect the nervous system?

Botox is derived from botulism, from the assumption that they work in the same ways which may be incorrect, it would cleave snare proteins that capture and open vesicles containing neurotransmitters. This would stop action potentials throughout the brain and body causing paralyses. I don't know the time till paralyses or death after exposure.


Where does botulism hide?

it can hide in everywhere from your stores canned peas to the air you breathe you can also get it from cocaine and botox


How many people die annually from botulism?



How serious is botulism?

Botulism is a particular condition brought about by the ingestion of the Clostridium botulinum toxin. It is a potent neurotoxin, is extremely serious and likely to be fatal.


How does botulism grow?

Botulism is caused by botulinun toxin, that is produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum on anaerobic conditions.

The toxin attacks by entering the body in three ways : 1) colonization of the digestive tract in children which is called infant botulism, in adults by ingestion of toxin through ingestion of food, which is called food borne botulism, and the third way a wound may be contaminated by the bacterium, and in this case it is called wound botulism.

Whatever the form, a paralysis starts with the muscles of the face, spreading towards the limbs. When the form is severe, the paralysis of the breathing muscles causes respiratory failure. This life-threatening trouble is treated as a medical emergency, leading public health officials preventing further cases of the same source.


Can antibiotics help botulism?

Probably not. Antibiotics work to kill off bacteria. Botulism is caused by neurotoxins formed by Clostridium botulinum. The bacteria might not even be alive when the disease hits.
You get botulism from a toxin produced by bacteria

Also - it can enter the body through a wound contaminated by the organism and the organism needn't be present if the toxin has already been produced. Infants may get it from eating unpasteurised honey but most botulism occurs after eating improperly canned or cooked foods.


What is the common name of botulism?

Food Poisoning


Can you get botulism from canned anchovies?



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