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Emerg Infect Dis. 2004 Sep;10(9):1685-7.

Botulism type E outbreak associated with eating a beached whale, Alaska.

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  • 1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. joe_mclaughlin@health.state.ak.us

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We report an outbreak of botulism that occurred in July 2002 in a group of 12 Alaskan Yu'pik Eskimos who ate blubber and skin from a beached beluga whale. Botulism death rates among Alaska Natives have declined in the last 20 years, yet incidence has increased.

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