There are three types of botulism: food, wound and infant botulism.
Botulism is not transmitted from person to person. Botulism develops if a person ingests the toxin or if the organism grows in the intestines or wounds and toxin is released. RARELY inhaled.
A neurotoxin actually paralyzes the nerves so that the muscles cannot contract.
Botulinum toxin is destroyed by high temperatures, persons who eat home-canned foods should consider boiling the food for 10 minutes before eating it to ensure safety. Wound botulism can be prevented by promptly seeking medical care for infected wounds and by not using injectable street drugs. Most infant botulism cases cannot be prevented because the bacteria that causes this disease is in soil and dust. The bacteria can be found inside homes on floors, carpet, and countertops even after cleaning. Honey can contain the bacteria that causes infant botulism so, children less than 12 months old should not be fed honey. Honey is safe for persons 1 year of age and older.