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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE BOTULISM DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING 

                                                                                                                                                

What is botulism during pregnancy?

Botulism is a condition that is characterized by paralysis, caused by botulinum toxin that is produced by the bacterial species Clostridium botulinum. Exposure to botulinum toxin can come from ingesting contaminated food, notably homemade foods that have been canned or preserved incorrectly. It also can come from C. botulinum spores in a wound, from spores in the intestines, or an injection of too much botulinum toxin given for the treatment of certain conditions, such as migraine, or wrinkles. Botulism is rare, but foodborne and wound botulism are the most likely types to occur in pregnant women.  


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