Botulism is an infection of the small intestine caused when the Clostridium botulinum bacteria enters the body through cuts and wounds or when the bacteria is ingested after being stored in improperly canned, preserved, or packaged food. The natural environment for the bacteria is soil and untreated water, but it can live for a prolonged period of time in improperly stored food, such as home-canned vegetables, cured pork and ham, smoked or raw fish, and honey or corn syrup.
Botulism Symptoms include:
- Abdominal cramps
- Weak breathing, which may eventually lead to breathing failure and death
- Dry mouth
- Difficulty swallowing and speaking
- Double vision
- Weakness, which may eventually lead to paralysis
- Weak cry and weak feeding/sucking (infants)
Reporting your illness, either through ReportFoodPoisoning.com, or directly to your health department, allows your health department to identify outbreaks and prevent others from becoming sick. Persons suffering illness from food poisoning can also pursue their legal rights against the restauarant or seller of food.
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