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How can not feeding an infant honey help prevent botulism?

How can  not feeding an infant honey help prevent botulism?

Spores: Infant botulism results from the ingestion of the c. Botulinum spores in the honey, and subsequent colonization of the small intestine. As the spores "hatch" the botulism bacteria grow and subsequently produce the toxin that causes botulism. ...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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Do vaccines prevent sepsis?

Do vaccines prevent sepsis?

Certainly!: Vaccines are distinct biological triggers that "teach" our immune systems how to prevent and fight specific bacterial or viral illness without actually becoming ill from the pathogen. Vaccines for meningicoccus, pneumococcus, and h. Influenza infections do an amazing job of preventing catastrophic life-threatening illness such as sepsis and meningitis--often working quietly even w/o our awareness. ...Read more

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Can botulism recur?

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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Does pasteurization prevent food poisoning?

Does pasteurization prevent food poisoning?

Yes and no. : Pasteurization will kill off many pathogens but they will come back if the food is not stored properly after pasteurization. ...Read more

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Can taking shots prevent food poisoning?

Can taking shots prevent food poisoning?

No: food poisoning” has many causes. It ranges from preformed toxins that can make an individual sick in a matter of minutes, to harmful bacteria. The only vaccine available foot foodborne pathogens is for salmonella typhi (typhoid fever), and is only indicated for travelers. Sometimes they are advised to take antibiotic prophylaxis for travelers diarrhea (not a shot but a pill). ...Read more

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Can herbal supplements prevent tetanus infection?

Can herbal supplements prevent tetanus infection?

Doubtful: Some may improve you immunity, but if you become infected with clostidium tetani, the end result would not be desirable. Get the shot. ...Read more

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How can you prevent infant from influenza virus ?

How can you prevent infant from influenza virus ?

Avoidance: The best way to avoid influenza is good hand hygiene and avoidance of exposure to infected individuals. The "flu" shot is very effective as well but not appropriate for infants <6 months old. Discuss with your provider. Avoid touching having people touch your baby around the eyes, nose and mouth. ...Read more

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How can we prevent rabies?

How can we prevent rabies?

Vacc. & dog catchers: Vaccines are the best way to prevent rabies in the U.S.. Dogs, cats, and other pet mammals should all be vaccinated. Animal control is important. There should be no dogs on the loose anywhere in the U.S.. Worldwide, about 55, 000 die of rabies each year, with almost all of them due to dog bites. Rabies is preventable if an exposed person properly gets his wound washed and gets his shots in time. ...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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How to prevent meningitis in infants/children?

How to prevent meningitis in infants/children?

Vaccination: Vaccination has proven the most effective way of prevention of bacterial meningitis caused by hemophilus inluenzae ; strep pneumoniae meningococcal meningitis is very sporadic, and routine immunization against it is not currently recommended for young children under age 11. ...Read more

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How do vaccines prevent disease?

How do vaccines prevent disease?

Immune response: Its more complicated than 400 words can say, but vaccines contain the same antigens or parts of antigens that cause diseases. When they are injected into fatty tissue or muscle, vaccine antigens are not strong enough to produce the symptoms and signs of the disease but are strong enough for the immune system to produce a response. See ttp://www.Cdc.Gov/vaccines/vac-gen/howvpd.Htm. ...Read more

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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

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How does honey cause botulism?

How does honey cause botulism?

Intestinal growth: Spores of clostridium botulinum bacteria can be found in honey. When a child less than a year old ingests these spores they may not move them through the GI tract fast enough to prevent them from growing in the tract. When the bacteria begins to grow in the infant's intestinal tract it creates a toxin that leads to botulism. ...Read more

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Can lead poison prevent you from having kids?

Can lead poison prevent you from having kids?

No: Assuming you have been treated and are not continually exposed, it should not be a factor. ...Read more

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How the MMR vaccine prevent disease?

How the MMR vaccine prevent disease?

By making Antibodies: When M,MR injected it makes protective IGG Anibodies which are protctive against these diseases When and if you get exposed to these disease viruses the antibodies are responsible for protecting you ...Read more

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Can protective clothing prevent melioidosis?

Can protective clothing prevent melioidosis?

Melioidosis-bad news: Melioidosis is an infectious disease caused by a Gram-negative bacterium, Burkholderia pseudomallei. It's found in soil in certain areas like Vietnam, where many American GIs were exposed. The bacteria can enter the body through a break in the skin, inhalation (dust from a chopper for example), or swallowed - as in contaminated food/water. Protective clothing including shoes! could therefore help. ...Read more

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Are there vaccinations to prevent septicemia?

Are there vaccinations to prevent septicemia?

Yes: At least 3 vaccines come to mind - hemophilus influenzae type b (causes epiglottitis, meningitis); pneumococcal 13 (causes pneumonia, meningitis) and Meningococcal (causes meningitis). ...Read more

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