Journal Article

Outbreak of Clinically Mild Botulism Type E Illness from Home-Salted Fish in Patients Presenting with Predominantly Gastrointestinal Symptoms

J. Sobel, M. Malavet and S. John

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 45, issue 2, pages e14-e16
Published in print July 2007 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online July 2007 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/518993
Outbreak of Clinically Mild Botulism Type E Illness from Home-Salted Fish in Patients Presenting with Predominantly Gastrointestinal Symptoms

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Five persons consumed home-salted fish and then presented with gastrointestinal symptoms to 3 hospitals; 2 of the patients had minimal cranial nerve palsies. Early serum samples obtained from all patients were negative for botulinum toxin. Remnant fish tested positive for botulinum toxin type E. In patients exposed to low doses of botulinum toxin type E, gastrointestinal symptoms may predominate.

Journal Article.  1841 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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