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Module 2: Epidemiology of Clostridium botulinum

Section 1: Clostridium botulinum

This section gives information about Clostridium botulinum as well as the prevalence of botulism in the UK.

Description of Clostridium botulinum

Clostridium botulinum is a ubiquitous organism found in soil, salt, fresh water sediments and the gastrointestinal tracts of animals and fish.

Seven distinct types are recognised. Types A, B and E account for nearly all human cases of foodborne botulism.

Growth characteristics of Clostridium botulinum

Botulism

Growth at low temperature

Botulism in the UK

Epidemiology of Clostridium botulinum: summary

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