What is included in patient education about botulism?

Updated: Feb 15, 2019
  • Author: Kirk M Chan-Tack, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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When preserving food at home, kill C botulinum spores by pressure cooking at 250°F (120°C) for 30 minutes. The toxin can be destroyed by boiling for 10 minutes or cooking at 175°F (80°C) for 30 minutes. Do not eat or taste food from bulging cans. Discard food that smells bad.

Cessation of intravenous drug use prevents wound botulism due to this vehicle.


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