About Clostridium botulinum and Botulism

July 3rd, 2007

Botulism is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Although rare, botulism is a serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin, which is produced by the bacterium. This potent toxin blocks nerve function, leading to respiratory and musculoskeletal paralysis.

An individual with botulism may experience double vision, blurred vision, dry mouth, inability to swallow, difficulty speaking or slurred speech, muscle weakness, drooping eyelids, and an inability to breathe. Botulism can be fatal, and medical attention should be sought immediately.

Foodborne botulism is caused by ingesting food contaminated with C. botulinum toxin. Botulism is most often associated with eating improperly canned foods (vegetables, fruits, fish, and meats), luncheon meats, ham, sausage, stuffed eggplant, lobster, and smoked or salted fish. It poses a serious health problem since many people can become poisoned from a single contaminated food source.

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The Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg currently represents victims of food poisoning outbreaks throughout the country. If you, or a family member have suffered from botulism food poisoning, and you have a question about your legal rights, you can request a free case evaluation from our firm by clicking on free case evaluation. You may also contact us toll free at 1-877-934-6274. To learn more about Clostridium botulinum, food poisoning, and food poisoning law, please visit foodpoisoning.com.
The information contained on this page has been gathered from the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and other sources in the public domain.

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