Foodborne botulism: an evolving public health challenge

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Foodborne botulism is a life-threatening disease caused by the ingestion of food containing preformed botulinum neurotoxins, the most potent natural poisons known to humans. On the basis of the new challenges in management of the diseases as well as considering the potential use of botulinum toxins as biological weapons, foodborne botulism is still considered a public health emergency. Each suspected case should be immediately notified to public health authorities with the aim of preparing a prompt response. With the aim of improving botulism surveillance systems, health authorities as well as governmental organizations should enhance national and international cooperation. Education and training activities devoted to operators involved in the disease management, and to general population, may significantly contribute to strengthen the system.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInfectious Diseases
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018


  • Botulism
  • Diagnosis
  • Foodborne diseases
  • immigrants
  • Public health
  • Therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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