Botulism (and Infant botulism)

Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The toxin blocks nerve signals from the brain to the muscles, causing muscle weakness and paralysis.

Botulism can occur as a foodborne illness, wound infection, or infant botulism. Foodborne botulism is the most common form of the disease and can be caused by eating foods that are contaminated with the toxin.

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