A continuing common-source outbreak of botulism in a family.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In December, 1974, three cases of botulism occurred in a family; two were fatal. The first patient died after a 10-day illness without botulism being suspected. 4 days later, after a 2-day illness, the second patient was diagnosed as having botulism after a cardiorespiratory arrest; she died 3 days later. In the third patient, the only symptom was dysphagia. Clostridium botulinum type B was found in stool specimens from all three patients. Home-canned (bottled) mushrooms, which were found to contain C. botulinum type B and its toxin, were believed to be responsible for the outbreak; mushrooms were found at necropsy in the gastrointestinal tracts of both patients who died. Heat treatment of the mushrooms during canning had been inadequate.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Horwitz, MA; Marr, JS; Merson, MH; Dowell, VR; Ellis, JM

Published Date

  • November 1, 1975

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 7940

Start / End Page

  • 861 - 863

PubMed ID

  • 53340

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0140-6736

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0140-6736(75)90246-9


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England