Botulism

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Botulism

Botulism is a disease caused by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. There are three main types: infant botulism, foodbourne botulism, and wound botulism. All types are very serious and can be fatal. Each type of botulism has different symptoms, but all include muscle weakness, paralysis, and drooping of the eyes. For all cases, direct contact or ingestion of the bacteria causes the disease. There is an antitoxin available for early prevention of botulism that stops further harm by the infection. For foodborne infections, doctors may induce vomiting and bowel movements to force the bacteria out of your system.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Botulism" returned 186 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Outbreak of wound botulism in people who inject drugs, Norway, October to November 2013.
 

Author(s): E MacDonald, T M Arnesen, A B Brantsaeter, P Gerlyng, M Grepp, B Å Hansen, K Jonsrud, B Lundgren, H Mellegård, J Møller-Stray, K Rønning, D F Vestrheim, L Vold

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In October and November 2013, four cases of wound botulism were confirmed in people who inject drugs (PWID) in Norway. Two additional cases are suspected. Because of the international distribution pathways for heroin – the likely source of the outbreak – healthcare workers and ...

Last Updated: 15 Nov 2013

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Foodborne botulism in Poland in 2111.
 

Author(s): Michał Czerwiński, Mirosław P Czarkowski, Barbara Kondej

Journal: Przegl Epidemiol. 2013 ;67(2):231-4, 343-5.

 

The main objective of this article is to assess the epidemiology of foodborne botulism in Poland in 2011, using national surveillance data.

Last Updated: 17 Sep 2013

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An outbreak of foodborne botulism in Surat Thani Province, Thailand, 2012.
 

Author(s): Piyada Wangroongsarb, Chutima Jittaprasartsin, Karun Suthivarakom, Thanitchai Kamthalang, Seesaiy Yeesoonsang, Somchai Sangkitporn

Journal: Jpn. J. Infect. Dis.. 2013 ;66(4):353-4.

 

Last Updated: 25 Jul 2013

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The terms "Botulism" returned 14 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Botulinum neurotoxins and botulism: a novel therapeutic approach.
 

Author(s): Jeeraphong Thanongsaksrikul, Wanpen Chaicumpa

Journal: Toxins (Basel). 2011 May;3(5):469-88.

 

Specific treatment is not available for human botulism. Current remedial mainstay is the passive administration of polyclonal antibody to botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) derived from heterologous species (immunized animal or mouse hybridoma) together with supportive and symptomatic management. ...

Last Updated: 9 Nov 2011

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Food-borne botulism in Argentina.
 

Author(s): Victoria Rebagliati, Romina Philippi, Mariela Tornese, Analia Paiva, Laura Rossi, Alcides Troncoso

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Botulism is a severe neuroparalytic disease caused by Clostridium botulinum toxins. Although the disease is uncommon it is a cause of great concern due to its high rate of mortality. Food-borne outbreaks of botulism occur worldwide and require immediate public health attention and ...

Last Updated: 17 Sep 2009

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Infant botulism.
 

Author(s): Lucia Fenicia, Fabrizio Anniballi

Journal: Ann. Ist. Super. Sanita. 2009 ;45(2):134-46.

 

Infant botulism is a rare disease that affects infant less than 12 months of age. The illness results from absorption of botulinum toxin produced in situ by neurotoxigenic clostridia that can temporarily colonize the intestinal tract of infants. To date, all inhabited continents except ...

Last Updated: 28 Jul 2009

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Study of Human Botulism Immunoglobulin in Infants With Botulism
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Infant Botulism; Botulism

 

Last Updated: 23 Jun 2005

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Pharmacokinetics of Botulism Antitoxin Heptavalent in Pediatric Patients
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Botulism

 

Last Updated: 29 Jan 2014

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Last Updated: 3 Feb 2014

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