What is botulism?

Also known as: Botulinum toxin, botulinus intoxication, food poisoning.

Botulism is an illness caused by a toxin produced by bacteria called Clostridium botulinum that normally live in the soil, dust and cooked agricultural products. There are 3 clinical presentations - foodborne with food poisoning, wound botulism and infant botulism. Botulinum toxin is the most potent toxin known and can cause death in tiny amounts.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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