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Will botulism kill me?

Will botulism kill me?

Rare, but toxin can: Botulism is caused by a bacteria. For most adults, we can fight the bacteria before it causes a problem. But in babies (especially <1yo), the elderly, and people with weak immune systems, it can cause infection. The botulinum toxin can definitely kill an adult. That is why it so important to cook canned foods thoroughly. Be suspicious of unopened cans with bulges as they can be harboring toxin. ...Read more

Dr. Ricardo Maselli
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Botulinum Poisoning (Definition)

An illness due to toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum. ...Read more


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Does the body produce antitoxins against clostridium botulinum and tetani toxins?

Does the body produce antitoxins against clostridium botulinum and tetani toxins?

Yes but...: In neither conditions, recovery from the disease does not confer immunity because the toxin is usually not present in amount large enough to induce adequate immune response. ...Read more

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Can cooking kill salmonella?

Can cooking kill salmonella?

Yes: Adequate heat can kill salmonella - at least above 140 deg f but preferably 160 deg f. ...Read more

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Can i kill botulism in the microwave?

Toxin yes, spore not: Although the botulinum toxin is destroyed by thorough cooking over the course of a few minutes, the spore itself is not killed by the temperatures reached with normal sea-level-pressure boiling, leaving it free to grow and again produce the toxin when conditions are right. ...Read more

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Does rubbing alcohol kill botulism?

Not really: Botulism is caused by a toxin produced by a particular germ clostridium botulinum, most commonly found in canned foods that have gone bad (often the can fills with gas and expands). Since the illness is produced by a toxin that has already been made, killing the germ, whether with alcohol, bleaches or whatever does not reduce the toxin already made. Avoiding food from damaged cans is key. ...Read more

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Can you kill botulism in a microwave?

Botulinum toxin: Is not denatured by heating cooking or microwaving. The baceria, corynbacteria botulinum may be killed, but not the toxin. Ergo, you get sick. ...Read more

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Can vinegar kill salmonella?

Disinfectant: The 5-6% acetic acid in vinegar crosses the cell membrane of bacteria and prompts a release of protons, which causes the cell to die by denaturation of proteins. Japanese scientists looked at rice vinegar to disinfect Salmonella and found that for strains that formed biofilms (a slimy matrix that protects the bacteria under it) vinegar just couldn't get past the slime to kill the Salmonellae. ...Read more

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Do disinfectants like lysol kill botulism?

Do disinfectants like lysol kill botulism?

No. The 5 kinds of : Botulism are: Foodborne, from foods that contain botulinum toxin; Wound infection; Infant & the rare Adult, from ingesting spores of Clostridium botulinum & Iatrogenic, from Botox overdose. Do not give honey, raw or undercooked foods to infants < 12 mos. The bacterium can live on cleaned carpets, floors & countertops; spores,in dust & soil. See: cdc.gov/nczved/divisions/dfbmd/diseases/botulism/ ...Read more

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Does cooking kill salmonella bacteria?

If cooked enough: Germ is killed by heat. Can't get rid of them in sprouts. Undercooked poultry, eggs (runny), rare burgers. Any raw animal product (yes, that includes sushi) can be assumed to be contaminated by bacteria. The only fresh fish is the one you caught yourself. ...Read more

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Can baby wipes kill listeria or salmonella?

Can baby wipes kill listeria or salmonella?

Usually not: baby wipes are mild soap containing products that usually wipe feces off skin without causing irritation; unless the wipes say they kill bacteria, they usually do not. disinfectant wipes usually read "do not use on skin" but they kill bacteria. washing hands and giving clean food is all the baby needs. Do not fear salmonella or listeria in normal food products. ...Read more

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Can cooking e coli contaminated food kill the bacteria?

Can cooking e coli contaminated food kill the bacteria?

Yes, proper cooking: Thoroughly cooking foods, and proper food-safety habits, kills e. Coli bacteria. The "bad" e. Coli in food poisoning at first causes intestinal symptoms such as diarrhea. If it goes on to damage the blood and the kidneys, more organs get affected, and skin rashes looking like tiny blood spots or like bruises can appear. This second, serious stage of the illness is called hemolytic uremic syndrome. ...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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Can cooking veg in the oven destroy the nutrients?

Can cooking veg in the oven destroy the nutrients?

Yes: Excessive heat can destroy, disrupt, denature some nutrients and proteins but may also kill harmful bacteria. ...Read more

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Can hand sanitizer kill or inactivate rabies virus?

Can hand sanitizer kill or inactivate rabies virus?

Killing Rabies virus: Unfortunately hand sanitizers are not effective against Rabies virus, while they may be useful in others and many bacteria. Household bleach is more effective against Rabies virus, as it is against many other viral and bacterial agents, including staph infections. One way to make an effective solution is to mix 1/2 cup of household bleach in a gallon of water for spraying or washing with. ...Read more

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Do microwave ovens kill nutrients in vegetables.

Do microwave ovens kill nutrients in vegetables.

Yes, some!: Depends on the vegetable, the nutrient (vitamins-minerals remain!), and how much microvaved-nuking is down! if properly cooked, most will remain. But the juices will contain some, and should be saved! ...Read more

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Can adults get botulism from honey? Is it true that honey contains botulism spores?

Can adults get botulism from honey? Is it true that honey contains botulism spores?

Don't generalize...: Food-borne botulism in adults develops after ingestion of pre-formed toxin in improperly preserved canned goods, native american foods (whale or seal), ; such foods as baked potatoes, cheese sauce, beef stew, garlic cooking oil. Infants develop botulism when their GI tracts are colonized by live c. Botulinum bacteria or they intake small amt of toxin from possible sources like dust, soil, honey. ...Read more

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Can our immune system kill cancer cells?

Can our immune system kill cancer cells?

Yes and no: There is often some immune response to cancers. We pathologists can often see it under the microscope. Almost all cancers evade it eventually. Immune enhancers are highly effective for a minority of melanomas and kidney cancers. The immune response, especially to oat cell carcinoma, can make a person horrendously sick (blind, insane, more). Ignore any 'pop' immune enhancers for cancer. ...Read more

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