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Botulism

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by Wood D
 

Symptoms

Symptoms begin in the face and eyes, and progress down both sides of the body. If left untreated, muscles in the arms, legs, and torso, as well as those used in breathing become unable to move. Death can occur.
Symptoms can range from mild to severe and include:
In adults:
  • Constipation
  • Double or blurred vision
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Generalized weakness, fatigue, vertigo/dizziness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Sore throat
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Dry mouth
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty breathing
In babies:
  • Constipation
  • Not eating or sucking
  • Little energy
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Weak cry
When food is the cause of botulism, symptoms usually start within 36 hours of eating the contaminated food. Some people notice symptoms within a few hours. Others may not develop symptoms for several days. Some people experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
When a wound is the cause of botulism, symptoms start within 4-14 days.
 

RESOURCES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov

US Department of Health and Human Services: Food Safety

http://www.foodsafety.gov

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education
http://www.canfightbac.org

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca

 

References


Botulism. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/nczved/divisions/dfbmd/diseases/botulism. Updated July 26, 2011. Accessed August 7, 2013.


Botulism. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. Updated March 6, 2014. Accessed June 16, 2014.


Botulism. FoodSafety.gov website. Available at: http://www.foodsafety.gov/poisoning/causes/bacteriaviruses/botulism/index.html. Accessed August 7, 2013.


Botulism. KidsHealth.org website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/kid/watch/house/botulism.html. Updated October 2011. Accessed August 7, 2013.

 

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