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Botulism

  • Patricia A Yu
  • Susan E Maslanka
  • Michael E St Louis
  • David L Swerdlow
Chapter

Botulism is a neuroparalytic illness resulting from the action of a potent toxin produced by the organism Clostridium botulinum. Foodborne botulism is rare, but it may kill rapidly, and contaminated products may theoretically expose many persons to the toxin. Foodborne botulism therefore represents a medical and a public health emergency that places a premium on rapid, effective communication between clinicians and public health officials

Keywords

Botulinum Toxin Cervical Dystonia Botulinum Toxin Type Botulinum Neurotoxin Mouse Bioassay 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia A Yu
    • 1
  • Susan E Maslanka
    • 2
  • Michael E St Louis
    • 3
  • David L Swerdlow
  1. 1.Strategic Science and Program UnitCoordinating Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.National Botulism Surveillance and Reference LaboratoryCenters for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Division of STD Prevention, National Center for HIV, STD, and TB PreventionCenters for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA

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