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How does botulism food poisoning affect the body?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Botulism food poisoning can cause paralysis throughout the body. One of the most dangerous complications of the illness is paralysis of the muscles that allow breathing. If this happens, you will need to be on a ventilator. Being unable to breathe is the most common cause of botulism food poisoning deaths. However with treatment, the effects of botulism food poisoning are temporary and usually disappear after a few weeks.

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