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What causes infant botulism food poisoning?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Infant botulism food poisoning is caused by bacterial spores often found in honey, but also present in dust, standing water, and soil. Once ingested, this bacteria, known as Clostridium botulinum, continues to grow and multiply in the infant's intestinal tract, eventually becoming toxic. This toxicity causes a variety of symptoms such as constipation, weakness and loss of head control.

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