Food poisoning caused by a bacterium (botulinum) growing on improperly sterilized canned meats and other preserved foods.
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.
In the United States only 35 to 40 cases per year.
It can happen at any age.
It depends on what botulism you have you will have to be hospitalized and monitored carefully