Botulism is rare. However, that doesn't mean it's impossible to contract, or that you may never encounter it. It's classified as one of the most serious illnesses. It is transmitted through food, contaminated soil and even an open wound. It may be a hard notice in some cases, and that's why it may be deadly. If not treated well, death, paralysis, and breathing malfunctions are all possible. The condition is caused by a toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum. It is a potent bacterium. Botulism is so rare is because the bacteria causing it can only survive in places without oxygen. Home canned foods, chemical facilities, and other places are excellent breeding grounds. There are three types of Botulism. These are an infant, foodborne and wound botulism. Wound botulism is the rarest, as symptoms begin appearing only after ten days in some cases. Infant and food botulism is noticeable after 12 to 36 hours. That's why the wound type is the most dangerous one.
The sad thing is that 65% of all people affected by botulism are infants. It is so because they eat processed and canned foods. So they have the highest likelihood of facing the dangerous condition. If you see that your infant doesn't feel hungry. When your infant doesn't feel the need to feed, then it is a real alarm. This is because of Clostridium botulinum attacks through the digestive tract. It starts troubling the esophagus and intestines right away. It reduces the influx of hormones that signalize hunger. If you see your baby experiencing this, go to the local pediatrician right away.
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