Botulism and Botox – Chicken – this is egg – Conundrums R’ Us

Botulism at a glance:

  • The botulism neurotoxin is one of the most potent, lethal substances known.
  • Botulism is a disease caused by this neurotoxin (or specifically A, B, E, or F type neurotoxin).
  • The neurotoxin is produced by bacteria called Clostridium botulinum.
  • T
    Color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph sh...

    Image via Wikipedia

    he neurotoxin paralyzes muscles and can be deadly.

  • There are three major types of botulism that differ in how they are acquired: food-borne, wound, and infant botulism.
  • Food-borne botulism is usually caused by eating contaminated home-canned foods.
  • Never taste-test food that may have gone bad.
  • Wound botulism is due to Clostridium bacteria infecting a wound and releasing the neurotoxin.
  • In infant botulism, the baby consumes spores of the bacteria which then grow in the baby’s intestine and release the neurotoxin.
  • Honey can contain spores of the bacteria and should not be fed to babies less than 1 year of age.
  • Early food-borne and wound botulism can be treated with an antitoxin to block the action of the neurotoxin.
  • Botulism neurotoxin is listed as a potential biological weapon.
  • Botulism neurotoxin is used in dilute concentration to treat medical and cosmetic conditions.
Now read this………..and please please comment??!!!!!!!

Enhanced by Zemanta