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
Fact sheet with information about signs and symptoms, transmission, and prevention.
- Botulism Information for Health Professionals
Disease reporting, treatment, and infection control.
- Botulism Statistics
Annual Summary of Communicable Diseases Reported to the Minnesota Department of Health