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How is botulism food poisoning diagnosed?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

A doctor will ask about symptoms and risk factors in order to diagnose botulism food poisoning. Symptoms such as paralysis and muscle weakness can indicate that a person is infected with botulism food poisoning. Laboratory tests can be used to confirm the diagnosis. If the illness is suspected based on symptoms, the vomit, blood or stool will be analyzed to see if the botulism toxin is present in the body. However, diagnosis is primarily based on a person's symptoms and risk factors since the test results can take several days.

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