What causes botulism?


The major cause of botulism is a bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which is found in untreated water and soil. The spores created by bacteria subsist in canned food and produce botulinum toxin. Botulism food poisoning of foodborne botulism occurs when this botulinum toxin is ingested.
Severe food poisoning occurs when this toxin enters into the food chain and produces symptoms of botulism. The spores of this bacterium are found in vegetables, fruits and in sea food. This bacterium grows in low oxygen environment. The spores and bacteria are harmless, the toxin is a dangerous substance that produce when bacteria grows. Botulism toxin is found to be the most poisonous substance. This toxin joins the nerve ending and prevents nerves to signal muscle contraction. It leads to paralysis and weakness that extends towards the groin area. Risk factors for botulism include: consumption of canned foods and improperly preserved foods. However, not all people having these risk factors will suffer from botulism poisoning.


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