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What are the symptoms of botulism food poisoning?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Botulism food poisoning affects the nervous system and can cause muscle weakness and paralysis. If you think you have botulism food poisoning, seek treatment immediately because the illness can be fatal. Symptoms can appear anywhere from six hours to 10 days after the contaminated food is eaten but usually occur within 18 to 36 hours. Other symptoms include:

  • difficulty speaking, swallowing, or breathing
  • weakness in the face or eyelids
  • blurry vision
  • tomach cramps, nausea, and vomiting.

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