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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.

What causes cholera in adults and children?

Drinking and eating contaminated food causes cholera. Cholera epidemic occurs after some natural disaster when clean supply of food and drinking water become unavailable. History of cholera suggests that cholera can spread from the affected people that use contaminated water. Uncooked vegetables and fruits as well as raw shellfish are some of the other causes of cholera. Vibrio cholera bacteria, that causes cholera is found in our environment and exists in two cycles, i.e. one in humans and other in the environment.

An insight to the symptoms of cholera

People who are exposed to vibrio cholera (cholera bacterium) usually don’t suffer illness and don’t know whether they are infected or not. Cholera bacteria releases in stool up to 14 days and can infect other individuals. Many cases of cholera can cause moderate diarrhea. Symptoms of cholera develop in a ratio of one in ten. Prominent symptoms of cholera are:

Cholera diagnosis in adults and children

Diagnosis of cholera is based on the history of a patient’s disease suffering from cholera. Many questions are asked by a doctor including travel history, use of current medicines, recent medical conditions, current history of drinks and foods consumed by the patient. The doctor advises a physical exam for a complete diagnosis of cholera. Physician asks for some stool sample of a patient in case of the cholera disease.

What is cholera?

Cholera is an infectious disease of intestine caused by taking contaminated food and water. Cholera disease is caused by bacterium Vibrio cholerae. With short incubation period of 1 to 5 days, it produces enterotoxin, which can cause watery diarrhea and lead to dehydration. This can cause even death in case of improper cholera treatment.

What is foodborne illness?

Foodborne illnesses are caused by using beverages and all sort of contaminated food. Pathogens (fungi, virus and bacteria) can contaminate the food. Because of this, there are many foodborne diseases, which are caused by foodborne infections. Foodborne illness is also caused by harmful substances and poisonous chemicals if present in our food.

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.