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February 29th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP February 29, 2012 @ 2:34 am

Rapid Detection of Foodborne Botulism Outbreaks

Rapid Detection of Foodborne Botulism Outbreaks Facilitated by Epidemiological Linking of Cases: Implications for Food Defense and Public Health Response

Ryan W. Newkirk and Craig W. Hedberg. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. February 2012, 9(2): 150-155. doi:10.1089/fpd.2011.0971.

“……Fifty-eight foodborne botulism outbreaks were reported to CDC between 1993 and 2008. Four hundred sixteen foodborne botulism cases were documented; 205 (49%) were associated with outbreaks…….In an effort to augment national botulism surveillance and antitoxin release systems and to improve food defense and public health preparedness efforts, medical organizations and Homeland Security officials should emphasize the education and training of medical personnel to improve foodborne botulism diagnostic capabilities to recognize single foodborne botulism cases and to look for epidemiologic linkages between suspected cases.”

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