What is botulism?


Botulism is a kind of food poisoning caused by bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. This bacterium is present in soil. The toxin produced by this bacterium affects the nervous system. There are many types of botulism. Foodborne botulism is due to eating foods, which are contaminated with certain chemicals.

Wound botulism occurs when wounds get .infected with bacteria which produce toxins. Infant botulism occurs when spores of bacteria are consumed. These three types of botulism result in medical emergencies.  Botulism can be prevented by adopting the following measures”

  • Foods should be canned carefully at home
  • Babies should not eat honey
  • Infected wounds should be cured quickly

The toxin mentioned above travels via blood and get attach to the nerves which control muscles. A person may get sick by eating contaminated foods. Many experts think that infant botulism occurs because the germs can destroy digestive system. Wound and intestinal infections are responsible for botulism to occur.


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