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Monday, August 6, 2007

US Health Alert: Food Recall

U. S. public health officials issue new warning for botulism.

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What is Botulism?
Botulism is a rare, but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin, botulin, that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulinic toxin is one of the most powerful known toxins. About one microgram of botulin is a lethal dosage. It acts by blocking nerve function and leads to respiratory and musculoskeletal paralysis.

All forms of botulism can be fatal and are considered medical emergencies. Foodborne botulism can be especially dangerous as a public health problem because many people can be poisoned from a single contaminated food source.

Classic symptoms of food borne botulism usually occur between 12-36 hours after consumping the botulinum toxin. However, they can occur as early as 6 hours or as late as 10 days after.

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