How Much Do You Know About Botulism?
Botulism is rare, but extremely dangerous. This quiz will help you learn how to make sure the food you eat is safe.
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You can get botulism in three ways: by eating foods that contain the botulism toxin, by eating foods that contain spores of the bacteria, or through a wound infected with the bacteria. C. botulinum is an anaerobic bacterium, meaning it grows in places where little oxygen is present. Like many bacteria, C. botulinum reproduces by forming spores, which can lie in a dormant state until conditions are right for growth. Infant botulism occurs when an infant consumes spores of the bacteria, which then grow in the intestines and release toxin. In the U.S., about 145 cases of botulism are reported each year. Of these, about 15 percent are foodborne, 65 percent are infant botulism, and the rest are wound botulism.
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