infant botulism


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infant botulism

[‚in·fənt ′bäch·ə‚liz·əm]
(medicine)
Botulism that involves ingestion of Clostridium botulinum spores with subsequent germination and toxin production in the gastrointestinal tract, found mostly in children aged 6 months or younger.
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Antibiotic treatment or changes in the infant diet, such as weaning or a change from breast to formula milk, have sometimes been associated with cases of infant botulism and may have disturbed the infant gut flora, enabling C.
Six out of eight of the most recent infant botulism cases in the UK have had a history of being given honey; and for two of the cases C.
BabyBIG[R], derived from the blood of human donors vaccinated with a pentavalent (ABCDE) toxoid vaccine, is only available for infant botulism (141).
Honey and other environmental risk factors for infant botulism.
If the germ gets into a baby's intestine it can grow and produce a toxin or poison, leading to infant botulism.
Dr Sarah Rowles, at the Food Standards Agency in Wales said: "For around the first six months babies only need breast milk or infant formula and although it might be tempting to give honey for easing coughs, infant botulism is a very serious illness and it simply isn't worth the risk.
This article will present two cases of infant botulism that were reported in year 2008 in El Paso, Texas.
The move comes after tests on food products used in the home of a family involved in an infant botulism case.
SMA Nutrition, which makes the formula-replacement for breast milk, has ordered the recall of its SMA Gold and SMA White powder formulas after infant botulism was confirmed in July.
Respiratory failure developed and a diagnosis of infant botulism was made.
For example, although observed incidence rates of foodborne botulism were very high among children aged <1 year, these cases might be infant botulism reported as foodborne botulism.
This is the first time we have been linked to infant botulism after 80 years in the business and we intend it to be the last.