There are four types of botulism:
Botulism Food Borne Botulism
This type of botulism comes from eating food that contains small spores. The spores produce bacteria, which produce toxins.
- Foods that are undercooked
- Improper canning methods
Botulism Infant Botulism
Infant botulism is the most common form of this disease. About 500 cases of infant botulism have been reported since it was first discovered in 1976.
Botulism Unknown Source
Some people with botulism have no apparent source for their infection. Most of these patients have ingested contaminated food or have a minor infected wound.
Botulism Wound Botulism
Botulism spores are present in the soil. The spores can enter a wound that is contaminated with soil. If the bacteria start growing in the wound, the botulism toxin is produced by the bacteria, causing illness.
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