Botulism

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Description:

Food poisoning caused by a bacterium (botulinum) growing on improperly sterilized canned meats and other preserved foods.

Diagnosis

Special tests may be needed to exclude these other conditions. These tests may include a brain scan, spinal fluid examination, nerve conduction test and a Tensilon test for myasthenia gravis.

How is the disease transmitted?

Botulism is not transmitted person to person. It develops when a person ingests the toxin.

Relative Frequency:

In the United States only 35 to 40 cases per year.

Disease course:

It can happen at any age.

Treatment:

It depends on what botulism you have you will have to be hospitalized and monitored carefully