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Int J Infect Dis. 2014 Jul;24:20-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2014.01.014. Epub 2014 Apr 5.

Food-borne botulism in Japan in March 2012.

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1
Division of Biomedical Food Research, National Institute of Health Sciences, 1-18-1 Kamiyoga, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-8501, Japan.
2
Tottori Prefectural Institute of Public Health and Environment, Tottori, Japan.
3
Yonago Medical Center, Tottori, Japan.
4
Division of Consumer and Environmental Protection, Western Branch Office, Tottori Prefecture, Japan.
5
Department of Bacteriology II, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan.
6
Division of Biomedical Food Research, National Institute of Health Sciences, 1-18-1 Kamiyoga, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-8501, Japan. Electronic address: igimi@nihs.go.jp.

Abstract

In March 2012, two patients were transported urgently to the hospital in Tottori Prefecture, Japan, because of symptoms suggestive of botulism. Botulinum neurotoxin type A was detected in the clinical specimens and the food consumed by the two patients (vacuum packed adzuki-batto, a sweet adzuki bean soup containing noodles). We were able to make a prompt diagnosis of food botulism associated with the consumption of adzuki-batto, from which the causative pathogen Clostridium botulinum Ab was cultured.

KEYWORDS:

Clostridium botulinum; Food-borne botulism; Japan

PMID:
24709046
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijid.2014.01.014
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