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
StatePublished - Sep 1 2013

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Infectious Diseases

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