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9781604132359

Botulism

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  • ISBN13:

    9781604132359

  • ISBN10:

    1604132353

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-06-01
  • Publisher: Facts on File

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Summary

Botulism is a disease caused by a deadly toxin produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. The bacterium can thrive in food that has been improperly prepared or stored and can also enter the body through a tear in the skin. Botulism toxin causes paralysis and breathing difficulties and can be fatal if not treated quickly. Because of its potent toxicity, botulin toxin is considered a potential weapon for biological terrorism. It is also the basis for Botox(R), a cosmetic drug. This revised edition of Botulism contains up-to-date information on this disease, exploring its history, causes, statistics, and recent diagnostic and treatment breakthroughs. It also includes accounts of numerous recent outbreaks, which have occurred annually for the past several years in the United States.Chapters include:

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 6
Introductionp. 8
Historical Perspectivep. 16
Causes of Botulismp. 28
Transmission of Botulismp. 41
Diagnosis of Botulismp. 49
Botulism and the Nervous Systemsp. 59
Treating Botulismp. 71
Preventing Botulismp. 82
Concerns for the Future: Botulism and Bioterrorismp. 92
Hope for the Futurep. 107
Notep. 120
Glossaryp. 122
Bibliographyp. 126
Further Resourcesp. 136
Indexp. 138
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Botulism is a disease caused by a deadly toxin produced by theClostridium botulinumbacterium. The bacterium can thrive in food that has been improperly prepared or stored and can also enter the body through a tear in the skin. Botulism toxin causes paralysis and breathing difficulties and can be fatal if not treated quickly. Because of its potent toxicity, botulin toxin is considered a potential weapon for biological terrorism. It is also the basis for Botox®, a cosmetic drug. This revised edition ofBotulismcontains up-to-date information on this disease, exploring its history, causes, statistics, and recent diagnostic and treatment breakthroughs. It also includes accounts of numerous recent outbreaks, which have occurred annually for the past several years in the United States.Chapters include:
  • Historical Perspective
  • Causes of Botulism
  • Transmission of Botulism
  • Diagnosis of Botulism
  • Botulism and the Nervous System
  • Treating Botulism
  • Preventing Botulism
  • Concerns for the Future: Botulism and Bioterrorism
  • Hopes for the Future.


Excerpted from Botulism, Second Edition by Donald Emmeluth
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