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Botulism

Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. There are three main kinds of botulism: foodborne botulism is caused by eating foods that contain the botulism toxin; wound botulism is caused by toxin produced in a wound infected with Clostridium botulinum; and infant botulism is caused by consuming the spores of the bacteria, which then grow in the intestines and release toxin. All forms of botulism can be fatal and are considered medical emergencies.

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