About Botulism

You can reduce your risk of getting natural botulism by carefully handling your food - especially your home-canned foods, oil-infused garlic or herbs. Never give honey to babies under 12 months of age since it may contain spores of Clostridium botulinum. Honey is safe for persons 1 year and older. To date, botulism has not been used as a terror weapon.

  • Botulism Fact Sheet
    MDH fact sheet covering the basics: How can you get botulism? How is it treated? Can it be prevented? Includes translations into 11 languages.

  • Botulism
    CDC fact sheet discussing symptoms, treatment, prevention, and a link to home canning. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • Facts About Botulism
    CDC emergency preparedness information about botulism. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • Botulism
    Mayo Clinic advice about the signs and symptoms, as well as when to seek medical attention, treatment, complications and prevention. Attention: Non-MDH link


Updated Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 12:22PM