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Mar 22, 2006

Mar 22, 2006

Bamboo shoots blamed for botulism cases in Thailand

(CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of apparent botulism associated with home-preserved bamboo shoots has sickened more than 150 people following a festival in northern Thailand, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Feb 08, 2006

Feb 08, 2006

Antitoxin for infant botulism slashes hospital stays

(CIDRAP News) – A human-derived antitoxin for babies with botulism shortened their hospital stays by an average of more than 3 weeks and reduced average hospital bills by about $88,000 in a randomized trial, according to a recent report.

Sep 28, 2005

Sep 28, 2005

Physicians falter on test of bioterrorism awareness

(CIDRAP News) – Hospital residents did poorly on a test of their ability to recognize and manage diseases potentially related to bioterrorism, but they fared much better after taking an online training program, according to a report in Archives of Internal Medicine.

May 10, 2005

May 10, 2005

NIAID awards first Project Bioshield grants

Editor's note: This story was revised shortly after publication to reflect corrections issued by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases on May 10. The corrections pertain to the total monetary amount of the grants and to the project descriptions for XOMA (US) LLC and DVC Dynport LLC.

Jan 21, 2005

Jan 21, 2005

Botulism cases lead to physician suspensions, company shutdown

(CIDRAP News) – Several healthcare professionals have been suspended and an Arizona company has been shut down in the investigation launched last November when four Floridians were paralyzed by injections with a botulinum toxin not approved for use in humans.

Dec 15, 2004

Dec 15, 2004

Reports blame Florida botulism cases on misused toxin

(CIDRAP News) – Four Floridians suffering from botulism were injected with massive doses of a botulinum toxin that was not approved for use on humans, according to news reports based on court documents filed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Dec 07, 2004

Dec 07, 2004

Botulism confirmed in three cases linked to Florida clinic

(CIDRAP News) – Florida officials said today that botulism has been confirmed in three of four suspected cases linked with a Florida clinic that reportedly gave injections with anti-wrinkle preparations containing botulinum toxin, but whether the cases stemmed from such injections remained unknown.

Dec 01, 2004

Dec 01, 2004

Possible botulism reported after cosmetic injections

(CIDRAP News) – Four people in Florida and New Jersey who might have been injected with the anti-wrinkle medication Botox are seriously ill with possible botulism, according to news services.

Aug 20, 2004

Aug 20, 2004

Certain symptoms may predict fatal foodborne botulism

(CIDRAP News) – A distinctive group of symptoms—shortness of breath, impaired gag reflex, and absence of diarrhea—may be predictive of severe outcomes, including death, from foodborne botulism, a group of researchers reported recently.

Jun 11, 2004

Jun 11, 2004

CDC issues bioterrorism-response guidebook for coroners

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a guidebook to help medical examiners and coroners detect and respond to bioterrorism.

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