HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Symptoms of foodborne botulism may help predict fatality

The extreme toxicity of botulism makes it a potentially lethal type of food poisoning and a possible agent of bioterrorist attack. Data from the Republic of Georgia (a former Soviet nation south of Russia) suggest that an infected person's symptoms could help doctors predict how immediate the risk of death is, allowing physicians to prioritize victim care based on severity of symptoms, according to an article in the August 1 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online.

Botulism is caused by eating food contaminated with a naturally occurring bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. C. botulinum produces a potent neurotoxin that can have drastic effects on the body. Symptoms include double vision, dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, dilated pupils, drooping eyelids and slurred speech, followed by eventual paralysis.

Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Republic of Georgia's National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) studied 706 cases of botulism in Georgia, which has the highest reported rate of foodborne botulism of any country. They discovered that the patients at highest risk of dying were those who reported to the hospital with shortness of breath and impaired gag reflex but lack of diarrhea. This constellation of symptoms, if validated in the United States and other countries as predictors of death, would allow doctors to give first consideration to patients who are at highest risk of dying in a botulism outbreak.

Botulism is exceedingly rare in the United States, so both patients and doctors need to be alert to the symptoms, according to lead author Dr. Jay Varma of the CDC. "Patients who have symptoms of botulism need to seek medical attention immediately," said Dr. Varma. However, since weakness and difficulty speaking or swallowing can also indicate a stroke, he said, "doctors need to recognize when patients have botulism, not a stroke, and then institute treatment quickly."


'"/>

Contact: Jeff Minerd
jminerd@idsociety.org
703-299-0412
Infectious Diseases Society of America
4-Aug-2004


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Symptoms of illness less severe in hamsters during winter, study finds
2. UF Researcher: Athletes Likely To Have Symptoms Of Eating Disorders
3. Heart Disease Symptoms Worsen When Body Tries To Adapt
4. Cultured Neural Stem Cells Reduce Symptoms In Model Of Parkinsons Disease
5. Scientists At UNC-CH Find Aberdeen Pesticide Exposure, But Few Symptoms
6. Vaccines against foodborne disease on horizon
7. Phage therapy could remove foodborne disease from livestock
8. The spice of life: Antibody cocktail targets deadly foodborne germs
9. K-State microbiologist secret agent in battle against E. coli, other foodborne pathogens
10. Purdue researchers track deadly foodborne bacterium
11. UC Riverside researchers publish paper on botulism detection system

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Symptoms foodborne botulism may help predict fatality

(Date:12/15/2014)... --Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/87pph8/global_facial ) ... Facial Recognition Market 2015-2019" report to their ... Facial recognition is a technology used ... measures the overall facial feature of a person ... distance between eyes. Facial recognition is used for ...
(Date:12/11/2014)... , Dec. 09, 2014 Research and ... ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/9ql3kr/biometrics_market ) has ... in India 2015-2019" report to their offering. ... this market is the adoption of multimodal biometric ... characteristic of an individual for verification and identification ...
(Date:12/11/2014)... 2014  Data Sciences International (DSI), the global ... new series of digital telemetry implants to meet ... series, part of the PhysioTel™ Digital platform, was ... physiologic data when incorporating functional endpoints into repeat-dose ... toxicology studies has evolved from short ECG strips ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Global Facial Recognition Market 2015-2019: Key Vendors are 3M Cogent, Cognitec Systems, NEC and Safran Group 2Global Facial Recognition Market 2015-2019: Key Vendors are 3M Cogent, Cognitec Systems, NEC and Safran Group 3Biometrics Market in India 2015-2019: Key Vendors are 3M Cogent, NEC, Safran and Suprema 2New telemetry implants expected to change how large animal toxicology studies are conducted 2
(Date:12/19/2014)... 2014 In contrast to traditional LED ... various colors, Valoya uses proprietary LED technology to incorporate ... possible uniformity which is critical in low proximity installations. ... accuracy throughout its lifetime which is up to four ... , "The investment cost was clearly higher when compared ...
(Date:12/19/2014)...   ISN has released its third annual ... publication series. With data aggregated from over eight ... within its online contractor management platform, ISNetworld, this three-part ... (KPI) statistics. The Contractor ... is available in two industry specific volumes: Oil ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... 2014 Achim Noack has been named ... Group. In this position, Noack will assist Jerry Stoller, ... develop marketing strategy and supervise global marketing management and ... has tremendous knowledge and experience in the crop protection ... experience and innovative thinking will be a great asset ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... 2014 Gene synthesis and bioengineering ... entered into a technology access and services agreement ... DNA2.0’s proprietary protein engineering technology, known as “ProteinGPS®” ... are extremely excited that the global leader ADM ... proprietary bioengineering technology has now been validated through ...
Breaking Biology Technology:ISN Releases Third Edition of US Contractor Health & Safety Performance Indicators Publication Series 2ISN Releases Third Edition of US Contractor Health & Safety Performance Indicators Publication Series 3Achim Noack Joins Stoller Group as Global Vice President of Marketing and Administration 2ADM and DNA2.0 Enter Into Protein Engineering Technology Access and Service Agreement 2
Cached News: