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Poisons
Botulism
  1. Trevor Jones

Abstract

BOTULISM was originally described as an intoxication which follows ingestion of neurotoxin(s) produced on autolysis of Clostridium botulinum, an obligate anaerobic spore-forming organism saprophytic on animal and vegetable material. This form of the disease has been recorded in various species of animals and birds. ‘Infant’ botulism, where the organism becomes established in the intestines and produces toxin, occurs in humans and has been produced experimentally in foals. ‘Wound’ or ‘toxicoinfectious’ botulism, where the organism becomes established in flesh wounds and produces toxin, has been recorded in humans and horses.

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