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What is botulism food poisoning?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Botulism food poisoning is an uncommon but life-threatening illness caused by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. The bacteria produce a powerful toxin that paralyzes the nervous system and can be fatal if not treated quickly. The bacteria are found in canned food.

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