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Signs of Botulism food poisoning

Symptoms of Botulism food poisoning

The list of medical symptoms mentioned in various sources for Botulism food poisoning may include:

Note that Botulism food poisoning symptoms usually refers to various medical symptoms known to a patient, but the phrase Botulism food poisoning signs may often refer to those signs that are only noticable by a doctor.

Signs or Symptoms of Botulism food poisoning:

FDA Bad Bug Book (Excerpt)

Onset of symptoms in foodborne botulism is usually 18 to 36 hours after ingestion of the food containing the toxin, although cases have varied from 4 hours to 8 days. Early signs of intoxication consist of marked lassitude, weakness and vertigo, usually followed by double vision and progressive difficulty in speaking and swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distention, and constipation may also be common symptoms.

Clinical symptoms of infant botulism consist of constipation that occurs after a period of normal development. This is followed by poor feeding, lethargy, weakness, pooled oral secretions, and wail or altered cry. Loss of head control is striking. Recommended treatment is primarily supportive care. Antimicrobial therapy is not recommended. Infant botulism is diagnosed by demonstrating botulinal toxins and the organism in the infants' stools. 4. Diagnosis of Human Illness: Although botulism can be diagnosed by clinical symptoms alone, differentiation from other diseases may be difficult. The most direct and effective way to confirm the clinical diagnosis of botulism in the laboratory is to demonstrate the presence of toxin in the serum or feces of the patient or in the food which the patient consumed. Currently, the most sensitive and widely used method for detecting toxin is the mouse neutralization test. This test takes 48 hours. Culturing of specimens takes 5-7 days. (Source: FDA Bad Bug Book)

Botulism General: DBMD (Excerpt)

The classic symptoms of botulism include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness. Infants with botulism appear lethargic, feed poorly, are constipated, and have a weak cry and poor muscle tone. These are all symptoms of the muscle paralysis caused by the bacterial toxin. If untreated, these symptoms may progress to cause paralysis of the arms, legs, trunk and respiratory muscles. In foodborne botulism, symptoms generally begin 18 to 36 hours after eating a contaminated food, but they can occur as early as 6 hours or as late as 10 days. (Source: excerpt from Botulism General: DBMD)

Botulism: DBMD (Excerpt)

A neuroparalytic illness characterized by symmetric, descending flaccid paralysis of motor and autonomic nerves, always beginning with the cranial nerves. Symptoms include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness. If untreated, illness might progress to cause descending paralysis of respiratory muscles, arms and legs. (Source: excerpt from Botulism: DBMD)

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What are the signs of Botulism food poisoning?

The phrase "signs of Botulism food poisoning" should, strictly speaking, refer only to those signs and symptoms of Botulism food poisoning that are not readily apparent to the patient. The word "symptoms of Botulism food poisoning" is the more general meaning; see symptoms of Botulism food poisoning.

The signs and symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Botulism food poisoning. This medical information about signs and symptoms for Botulism food poisoning has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Botulism food poisoning signs or Botulism food poisoning symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Botulism food poisoning may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Botulism food poisoning symptoms.


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