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Botulism

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... Wikipedia

  • Specialty:  Infectious disease, gastroenterology
  • Symptoms:  Weakness, trouble seeing, feeling tired, trouble speaking
  • Usual onset:  12 to 72 hours
  • Duration:  Variable
  • Causes:  Clostridium botulinum
  • Diagnostic method:  Finding the bacteria or their toxin
  • Differential diagnosis:  Myasthenia gravis, Guillain–Barré syndrome, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lambert Eaton syndrome
  • Prevention:  Proper food preparation, no honey for children younger than one
  • Treatment:  Antitoxin, antibiotics, mechanical ventilation
  • Data Source:  DuckDuckGo