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J Clin Microbiol. 2005 Jan;43(1):511-3.

Infant botulism acquired from household dust presenting as sudden infant death syndrome.

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Department of Food and Environmental Hygiene, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 66, 00014 Helsinki University, Finland. mari.nevas@helsinki.fi

Abstract

Clostridium botulinum type B was detected by multiplex PCR in the intestinal contents of a suddenly deceased 11-week-old infant and in vacuum cleaner dust from the patient's household. C. botulinum was also isolated from the deceased infant's intestinal contents and from the household dust. The genetic similarity of the two isolates was demonstrated by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and randomly amplified polymorphic DNA analysis, thereby confirming that dust may act as a vehicle for infant botulism that results in sudden death.

PMID:
15635031
PMCID:
PMC540168
DOI:
10.1128/JCM.43.1.511-513.2005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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