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Abstract

Botulism is a neuroparalytic illness resulting from the action of a potent toxin produced by the organism Clostridium botulinum. Foodborne botulism, although rare, may kill rapidly, and contaminated products may expose many persons. 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.

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Botulinal Toxin United StateS Clostridium Botulinum Motor Unit Potential Acute Bacterial Infection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael E. St. Louis
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  1. 1.Enteric Diseases Branch, Division of Bacterial Diseases, Center for Infectious DiseasesCenters for Disease ControlAtlantaUSA

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