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Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a bacterial nerve toxin. Classic symptoms of botulism are brain-related in nature, including: blurred or double vision; drooping eyelids; slurred speech; difficulty swallowing; muscle weakness.

Infants with botulism appear tired, feed poorly, are constipated, and have a weak cry and poor muscle tone. If untreated, these symptoms may progress to cause paralysis and death.


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