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Can botulism be dangerous?

Yes: It is extremely dangerous and can kill. Get seen asap if you think you are infected. ...Read more

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Dr. Ricardo Maselli
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Botulism (Definition)

Infant botulism is a potentially life-threatening disease in which the bacteria Clostridium botulinum grows within ...Read more


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Can botulism recur?

Yes: It is caused by a nerve toxin produced from certain bacteria usually from contaminated food or improperly processed canned foods. It can lead to paralysis if untreated. Unfortunately immunity does not necessarily develop. To be safe, canned foods with bulging lids should be thrown out as well as any bulging containers. Or if food has an usual smell it should not be eaten and thrown out as well. ...Read more

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What should I do if I think I have botulism?

Call or visit: poison control center in your area, check the number in the phone directory or on the net, good luck ...Read more

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I was concerned because I wasn't sure if an open store bought spghetti sauce can cause botulism ?

I was concerned because I wasn't sure if an open store bought spghetti sauce can cause botulism ?

No: Botulism is rare, but if concerned follow these rules for commercially or home-canned foods: throw out foods that are discolored, moldy, or smell bad. Do not use products that spurt liquid or foam when the container is opened. Do not use if the container is leaking, bulging or swollen, looks damaged or cracked or seems abnormal in appearance. ...Read more

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How can you get botulism?

Food & wounds: Botulism is caused by a toxin made by the c. Botulinum bacteria. In adults, botulism is usually caused by eating contaminated food (improperly prepared canned or fermented foods) or when a wound gets contaminated by the bacteria. Infant botulism can happen in the first year of life--risk factors include eating honey and exposure to contaminated soil. ...Read more

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What is botulism and how does it affect you?

Bacterial Infection: Botulism is a serious bacterial infection which leads to paralysis. You can acquire it through multiple means (food, in a wound, baby's can ingest the spore, etc.). All forms are considered serious and can be fatal. Please seek medical attention immediately if you are concerned. See the cdc site for more info: http://www.Cdc.Gov/nczved/divisions/dfbmd/diseases/botulism/. ...Read more

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Can botulism spread from one person to another?

Can botulism spread from one person to another?

No: Botulism does not spread from person to person. It is caused by ingestion of contaminated food or wound getting contaminated by spores of clostridium. ...Read more

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I am worried if I have botulism? What are the symptoms?

Paralysis: Botulism causes a type of paralysis that progresses from head to toes. Symptoms usually appear 8-36 hrs after eating improperly canned or preserved foods. Abdominal cramps, double vision, nausea, vomiting, difficulty swallowing and speaking, and weakness that is equal on both sides of the body occur. Botulism is a medical emergency. ...Read more