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Is botulism food poisoning different from infant botulism?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Botulism food poisoning refers to the illness that affects adults, while infant botulism is an illness in babies. Infant botulism occurs when botulism spores multiply in a baby's intestines. This is the most common type of botulism and typically affects babies from two to six months old. Symptoms and treatments for infant botulism are different from those of botulism food poisoning. A major cause of infant botulism is feeding honey or corn syrup to babies who are too young.

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