Botulism By: Andrew Huff

Clostridium Botulinum

Three types of Botulism: Foodborne, Wound, and Infant

Symptoms: Foodborne and Wound- trouble breathing, facial weakness, paralysis, drooping eyelids, blurred or double vision, and vomiting associated with foodborne botulism. Infant- constipation (first sign), floppy movements, drooling, tiredness, drooping eyelids, weak cry, irritability, paralysis

Man suffering from Botulism

Fatal if not treated

Affects the bodies muscles most notably

Treatment: Induced vomiting and bowel movement to flush out digestive system. Antitoxin will be introduced to halt further damage but won't repair what has already been affected. Antibiotics can be introduced to wound botulism but would worsen other forms. Therapy is required to regain full bodily function.

Approximately 110 cases in the US each year, 25% foodborne 72% infant

www.mayoclinic.org

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