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Botulism is a serious illness that causes flaccid paralysis of muscles. It is caused by a neurotoxin, generically called botulinum toxin, that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. There are seven distinct neurotoxins (types A-G) that Clostridium botulinum produce, but types A, B, and E (rarely F) are the most common that produce the flaccid paralysis in humans. The other types mainly cause disease in animals. Most Clostridium species produce only one type of neurotoxin.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-06-19 17:30:00
Description Botulism is a serious illness that causes flaccid paralysis of muscles. It is caused by a neurotoxin, generically called botulinum toxin, that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. There are seven distinct neurotoxins (types A-G) that Clostridium botulinum produce, but types A, B, and E (rarely F) are the most common that produce the flaccid paralysis in humans. The other types mainly cause disease in animals. Most Clostridium species produce only one type of neurotoxin.
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Keyword Botulism, Neurotoxin, Bioterrorism, Biological warfare, Biological weapons
Date Of Record Creation 2009-06-19 17:14:13
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Date Last Modified 2009-06-19 17:30:00
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2009-06-19 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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