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  • Euro Surveill. An outbreak of food-borne botulism in Scotland, United Kingdom, November 2011

    [Source: Eurosurveillance, full text: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]

    Eurosurveillance, Volume 16, Issue 49, 08 December 2011

    Rapid communications


    An outbreak of food-borne botulism in Scotland, United Kingdom, November 2011


    L M Browning<SUP>1</SUP>, H Prempeh<SUP>2</SUP>, C Little<SUP>3</SUP>, C Houston <SUP>4</SUP>, K Grant<SUP>5</SUP>, J M Cowden ()<SUP>1</SUP>, on behalf of the United Kingdom Botulism Incident Management Team<SUP>6</SUP>
    1. Health Protection Scotland, National Health Service National Services Scotland, Glasgow, United Kingdom
    2. National Health Service Forth Valley, Stirling, United Kingdom
    3. Health Protection Services – Colindale, Health Protection Agency, London, United Kingdom
    4. Food Standards Agency, London, United Kingdom
    5. Foodborne Pathogens Reference Unit, Health Protection Agency, Centre for Infections, London, United Kingdom
    6. Representatives from Health Protection Scotland, Health Protection Agency, Forth Valley NHS Board, Stirling Council, Greater Glasgow and Clyde National Health Service Board, the Scottish Government
    <HR>
    Citation style for this article: Browning LM, Prempeh H, Little C, Houston C, Grant K, Cowden JM, on behalf of the United Kingdom Botulism Incident Management Team. An outbreak of food-borne botulism in Scotland, United Kingdom, November 2011. Euro Surveill. 2011;16(49):pii=20036. Available online: http://www.eurosurveillance.org/View...rticleId=20036
    Date of submission: 02 December 2011
    <HR>An investigation is currently underway to explain an outbreak of food-borne botulism in Scotland. Three children in the same family were confirmed as having botulism following consumption of a meal made with a jar of korma sauce. Residual sauce from the jar, the jar lid and a remnant of the meal, all tested positive for Clostridium botulinum type A toxin. The children are recovering, although two remain ventilated and in intensive care unit.
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