A rare condition caused by the toxin that Clostridium botulinum bacteria produce during infection.


A toxin made by bacteria attack the body's nerves, causing botulism. The bacteria may be taken in with food, infect a wound, or grow in a baby's intestinal tract. Botulism can be fatal and requires emergency medical care.


Foodborne and infant botulism symptoms start hours to days after infection. Symptoms of wound botulism start about 10 days after infection. Foodborne and wound botulism symptoms include difficulty swallowing or speaking, facial weakness on both sides of the face, and paralysis. Infant symptoms include constipation, floppy movements and weak cry.


Antitoxin helps prevent nerve damage. Foodborne botulism treatment may include medicine to clear out the digestive system. Wound botulism may be treated with antibiotics. Surgery can be used to remove infected tissue. A mechanical ventilator can help with breathing.