Contagious: Botulism food poisoning


About contagion: Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily the spread of Botulism food poisoning is possible from one person to another. Other words for contagion include "infection", "infectiousness", "transmission" or "transmissability". Contagiousness has nothing to do with genetics or inheriting diseases from parents. For an overview of contagion, see Introduction to Contagion.

Contagion discussion: Other vehicles of transmission include homemade salsa, baked potatoes cooked in aluminum foil, cheese sauce, garlic in oil, and traditionally prepared salted or fermented fish in Alaska. Wound botulism related to the use of black-tar heroin has increased, especially in California.1

1. excerpt from Botulism: DBMD

Last revision: May 26, 2003

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