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Hi. My brother-in-law was diagnosed with botulism. I would like to hear what is the cause of his problem? What are effects of botulism?

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Hi. You didn`t say what kind of botulism your brother-in-law has. You have three kinds of botulism, including foodborne, wound and infant botulism. It is rare and serious disease, caused by a nerve toxin. A bacterium called clostridium botulinum produces nerve toxin. You can get foodborne botulism by eating foods that contain botulism toxin. The cause of wound botulism is toxin from a wound infected with c. botulinum. The cause of infant botulism is spores of the botulinum bacteria. But he surely doesn`t have infant botulism. C. botulinum is usually found in soil. Botulism effects are double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, dry mouth, muscle weakness and difficulty swallowing. Botulism causes muscle paralysis and these are the symptoms of it. These symptoms are progressive. Bacterial toxin can paralyze arms, legs, trunk and respiratory muscles.
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