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How common is botulism food poisoning?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Botulism food poisoning is rare. Between 10 and 30 cases of food poisoning are from botulism. However, some cases are most likely misdiagnosed or unreported. Although it does not occur frequently, botulism food poisoning is a serious medical condition. The illness can cause death if proper treatment is not sought quickly.

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