Botulism 2004

Botulism is a bacterial disease caused by toxins produced by bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. Three types of botulism exist: foodborne, infant, and wound botulism. Foodborne botulism is caused by eating foods that contain the botulism toxin. Most reported outbreaks of foodborne botulism are associated with improperly processed home-canned foods such as green beans and corn. Infant botulism is caused by ingestion of contaminated honey containing Clostridium botulinum spores. Wound botulism, the rarest form of botulism, occurs when Clostridium botulinum spores contaminate a wound and produce toxins which travel to other parts of the body through the blood.

There were no reported cases of botulism in Indiana in 2004, and only two reported cases during the five-year reporting period 2000-2004.

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