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How Is Botulism Transmitted
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Weakness: Botulism is a lack of muscle control caused by the toxin the bacteria secretes. This toxin is the same one used in tny quantities to remove wrinkles and treat spastic cerebral palsy, but if from an infection is released in quantities that can stop most voluntary muscle activity, most especially control of breathing. This is life-threatening and requires immed therapy to prevent paralysis, death ...Read more
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