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Mechanism[ edit ] The toxin is the protein botulinum toxin produced under anaerobic conditions where there is no oxygen by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
Clostridium botulinum is a large anaerobic Gram-positive bacillus that forms subterminal endospores. The toxin from all of these acts in the same way and produces similar symptoms: Botulinum toxin is broken into 8 neurotoxins labeled as types A, B, C [C1, C2], D, E, F, and Gwhich are antigenically and serologically distinct but structurally similar.
Human botulism is caused mainly by types A, B, E, and rarely F. Types C and D cause toxicity only in other animals. Their natural habitats are in the soil, in the silt that comprises the bottom sediment of streams, lakes and coastal waters and ocean, while some types are natural inhabitants of the intestinal tracts of mammals e.
The spores can survive in their inert form for many years. Unfortunately, little is known about the natural factors that control phage infection and replication within the bacteria.
In the wild, decomposing vegetation and invertebrates combined with warm temperatures can provide ideal conditions for the botulism bacteria to activate and produce toxin that may affect feeding birds and other animals.
Spores are not killed by boiling, but botulism is uncommon because special, rarely obtained conditions are necessary for botulinum toxin production from C.
All forms of botulism lead to paralysis that typically starts with the muscles of the face and then spreads towards the limbs. In light of this life-threatening complication, all suspected cases of botulism are treated as medical emergenciesand public health officials are usually involved to identify the source and take steps to prevent further cases from occurring.
Diagnosis[ edit ] For botulism in babies, diagnosis should be made on signs and symptoms. Confirmation of the diagnosis is made by testing of a stool or enema specimen with the mouse bioassay. However, these clues are often not enough to allow a diagnosis.
These tests may include a brain scancerebrospinal fluid examination, nerve conduction test electromyographyor EMGand an edrophonium chloride Tensilon test for myasthenia gravis. A definite diagnosis can be made if botulinum toxin is identified in the food, stomach or intestinal contents, vomit or feces.
The toxin is occasionally found in the blood in peracute cases. Botulinum toxin can be detected by a variety of techniques, including enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays ELISAselectrochemiluminescent ECL tests and mouse inoculation or feeding trials.
The toxins can be typed with neutralization tests in mice. In toxicoinfectious botulism, the organism can be cultured from tissues. On egg yolk medium, toxin-producing colonies usually display surface iridescence that extends beyond the colony.
In older children and adults the normal intestinal bacteria suppress development of C. However, outbreaks of botulism have resulted from more unusual sources.
In Julyfourteen Alaskans ate muktuk whale meat from a beached whaleand eight of them developed symptoms of botulism, two of them requiring mechanical ventilation. When canning or preserving food at home, attention should be paid to hygiene, pressure, temperature, refrigeration and storage.
When making home preserves, only acidic fruit such as apples, pears, stone fruits and berries should be bottled. Tropical fruit and tomatoes are low in acidity and must have some acidity added before they are bottled. They include red meats, seafood, poultry, milk, and all fresh vegetables except for most tomatoes.
Most mixtures of low-acid and acid foods also have pH values above 4. Acid foods have a pH of 4.
They include fruits, pickles, sauerkraut, jams, jellies, marmalades, and fruit butters. Figs also have pH values slightly above 4. Therefore, if they are to be canned as acid foods, these products must be acidified to a pH of 4.
Properly acidified tomatoes and figs are acid foods and can be safely processed in a boiling-water canner. Potatoes which have been baked while wrapped in aluminum foil should be kept hot until served or refrigerated.
Because the botulism toxin is destroyed by high temperatures, home-canned foods are best boiled for 10 minutes before eating.
Contamination of a canned food solely with C. Only sufficient thermal processing during production should be used as a food safety control. Vaccine[ edit ] There is a vaccine but its usefulness is unclear as it is associated with significant adverse effects.
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Botulism is a rare and potentially fatal illness caused by a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
The disease begins with weakness, blurred vision, feeling tired, and trouble speaking. This may then be followed by weakness of the arms, chest muscles, and legs. Vomiting, swelling of the abdomen, and diarrhea may also occur.
The disease does not usually affect . Norovirus, sometimes referred to as the winter vomiting bug, is the most common cause of gastroenteritis. Infection is characterized by diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. Blood is not usually present. Fever or headaches may also occur.
This usually develops 12 to 48 hours after being exposed. Recovery typically occurs within 1 to 3 days.
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