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How do you prevent botulism?

How do you prevent botulism?

Botulism: Botulism usually occurs when you ingest contaminated canned food. Person to person transmission of botulism does not occur. Make sure that any canned food you eat has not expired. Also, avoid feeding honey to infants (infant botulism). ...Read more

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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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How can I prevent botulism? What are symptoms?

How can I prevent botulism? What are symptoms?

Depends upon type: Botulism types include food-borne, wound, and infant. To prevent food-borne, the most common type, avoid home canning of foods and store foods properly in the home. It is a rare disease. Early symptoms of botulism are related to the nervous system and include weakness, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, trouble swallowing, and can worsen. If you experience these symptoms, seek immediate attention. ...Read more

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The salts that are added to food to prevent botulism is called what?

The salts that are added to food to prevent botulism is called what?

Nitrites: You might be referring to nitrites, which are added to some canned meats to avoid botulism. Heat and pressure is another part of the preparation process. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fs104. ...Read more

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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

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What are the tests for botulism?

BOTULISM: Tests are: clinical plus lab identification of toxin clostridium botulinum. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of botulism?

What are the symptoms of botulism?

BOTULISM: The sx are:nausea, vomiting , abdominal cramps and lbm precedes neurologic sx of cranial nerves and descending paralysis. Wound botulism has no GI sx. Infant cases has constipation 90 percent, then paralysis. ...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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Help please? How is botulism passed from person to person?

It isn't.: Botulism comes from the soil and water or from contaminated food. It is not spread person to person. ...Read more

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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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Explain the condition called botulism.?

Explain the condition called botulism.?

Botulism: Botulism is a rare but serious. It is caused by toxins from bacteria called clostridium botulinum. Botulism comes in three main forms: infant botulism, from food, from wounds. Botulism can lead to death, and is a medical emergency. ...Read more

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How can botulism affect the nervous system?

How can botulism affect the nervous system?

Potential Danger: Botulism or botulism toxin causes paralysis of one's muscles by interfering with a neurotransmitter that facilitates communication between the brain and the muscle. In the past, this toxin produced by a bacteria, often caused death by respiratory suppression. With today's knowledge death is rare. We have learned to utilize the toxin to treat a number of medical conditions. ...Read more

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How long dose it take for botulism to kill you?

Prolonged time frame: Depending upon exposure, route of exposure, underlying health issues, course can be very prolonged and require extensive amounts of resources typically death due to secondatry pneumonia or resp failure. ...Read more

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Can i get botulism from eating raw garlic clove?

Seems it's the oil: The problem - rare but deadly serious - seems to be in oil infusions - not with the simple raw clove. It is credited with reducing risk of lung cancer. No reports of botulism are readily available - don't worry. ...Read more

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How can people not get botulism from homemade wine?

BOTULISM: It comes from ingestion of home canned or smoked foods containing the toxin . Not from wine because it is anaerobic bacillus found in soil. ...Read more

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How much time would it take for botulism to kill you?

Depends: The severity and time to recover from this toxin- induced neurological disease varies on the amount of toxin ingested and the time of toxin. Serotype a is generally more severe than the other usual types, b and e. It can be days to months. Also the rapid use of antitoxin can assist in lowering the time to recovery. ...Read more

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How can you treat botulism from eating a baked potato?

How can you treat botulism from eating a baked potato?

Doubt you have it...: Botulism is a paralytic disease caused by neurotoxin elaborated by clostridium botulinum. Illness begins with cranial nerve involvement & progresses toward the extremities. Food-borne botulism varies from mild to severe with resulting death. Patients should be hospitalized, incipient respiratory failure addressed, & antitoxin administered. Highly exposed individuals can be vaccinated. ...Read more