Botulism 2002

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 was one reported case of botulism in Indiana in 2002, and only one case during the five-year reporting period 1998-2002.

You can learn more about botulism by visiting the following Web site: http://www.cdc.gov/nczved/divisions/dfbmd/diseases/botulism/