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UK: Awareness of botulism symptoms urged

12/11/11   www.food.gov.uk

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Health Protection Scotland has today issued a statement urging people to be aware of the symptoms of botulism. This follows the news that two members of the same family who are suspected of having the illness have been hospitalised.

Botulism is a relatively rare infection in the UK and can be caused by food. Investigations are continuing into the possible cause of the illness.

Symptoms to look out for are a combination of blurred vision, difficulty swallowing and difficulty speaking – symptoms which rapidly get worse. They are then followed by general muscle weakness. Any person, child or adult, with these symptoms should seek urgent medical advice.

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