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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 What it is: Symptoms: Infants: Lethargy, weakness, poor feeding, constipation, poor head control, poor gag and sucking reflex.Children and Adults:Double vision and blurred vision,drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth and muscle weakness Ways to Prevent: -Never feed infants younger than one honey or corn syrup-When canning food ensure you reachadequate heat and acidic levels-Be cautious of any fermented fishor other aquatic game foods-Throw away any open commercially prepared food-Refrigerate oils infused with garlic or herbs -Keep Potatoes that are cooked and wrapped inaluminum foil hot or refrigerate immediately-Boil food for 10 minutes-Get prompt medical care for infected wounds Diagnosis A physical exam and tests for Botulism toxin are used to diagnose Botulism Treatment Foodborne and Wound botulism is treated with antitoxinInfant Botulismis treated with a treatment calledbotulism immune globulin Most at risk What it needs to thrive Places with no oxygen contaminated soil,honey, corn syrup, preserved vegetables with low acid, canned, fermented, smoked, and salted fish and meat products, improperly canned commercial foods, herb-infused oils, baked potatoes in aluminum foil, cheese sauce, bottled garlic, foods held warm for extended periods of time and Canned vegetables and fruits Implicated Illness -infections-paralyzed-fatigue -shortness of breath Incubation Period Infants: 3-30 days Children and Adults: 12-72 hours BotulismBy: Jenny Barnett 65 percent of botulism cases occur in infantsor children youngerthan one year of age Botulism is a very serious illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum which affects the nervous system through food, wound, or contact with contaimanted soil and can cause paralysis Foods/Sources Duration of Symptoms Symptoms can last for several weeks and then slowly go away over several months
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