What is botulism?
Botulism is a severe intoxication or food poisoning resulting from the ingestion of the toxin produced by the bacteria clostridium botulinum. Infant botulism results from the ingestion of the bacteria and subsequent production of the toxin in the infant's intestinal tract. Both forms are rarely reported in Memphis. In 1999, there was one reported case of infant botulism and no cases of foodborne botulism were reported.

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1. What is botulism?
2. Who gets botulism?
3. How is botulism spread?
4. How can botulism be prevented?
5. What are the symptoms of botulism?
6. How soon after infection do symptoms appear?
7. How is botulism diagnosed?
8. What is the treatment for botulism?
9. What happens if botulism is not treated?