Two simultaneous botulism outbreaks in Barcelona: Clostridium baratii and Clostridium botulinum

S. Lafuente, J. Nolla, S. Valdezate, C. Tortajada, H. Vargas-Leguas, I. Parron, J. A. Sáez-Nieto, S. Portaña, G. Carrasco, E. Moguel, S. Sabate, R. Argelich, J. A. Caylà

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Abstract

Botulism is a severe neuroparalytic disorder that can be potentially life-threatening. In Barcelona, Spain, no outbreaks had been reported in the past 25 years. However, in September 2011, two outbreaks occurred involving two different families. A rare case of Clostridium baratii which produced a neurotoxin F outbreak was detected in five family members who had shared lunch, and several days before that another family was affected by C. botulinum toxin A which was probably present in homemade pâté.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1993-1995
Number of pages3
JournalEpidemiology and Infection
Volume141
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Botulism neurotoxin
  • Clostridium baratii
  • Clostridium botulinum
  • foodborne outbreak

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Epidemiology

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Lafuente, S., Nolla, J., Valdezate, S., Tortajada, C., Vargas-Leguas, H., Parron, I., ... Caylà, J. A. (2013). Two simultaneous botulism outbreaks in Barcelona: Clostridium baratii and Clostridium botulinum. Epidemiology and Infection, 141(9), 1993-1995. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0950268812002592