Botulism (Clostridium botulinum toxin)

Botulism is a rare, but very serious condition caused by toxin produced by bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. The toxins that this bacterium produces are among the most poisonous substances known to humans.

Three forms of naturally occurring botulism affecting humans exist: foodborne, wound, and intestinal. All forms of botulism result from absorption of botulinum toxin into the bloodstream. The toxin does not penetrate intact skin. Inhalational botulism is a man-made form of disease that results from inhaling aerosolized botulinum toxin.

  • About Botulism
    Several fact sheets covering the basic questions: How can you get botulism? How is it treated? Can it be prevented?

  • Botulism Information for Health Professionals
    Botulism signs and symptoms, exposure and prophylaxis, infection control, images, treatment, and use as a bioterrorism agent.


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