Botulism is an extremely rare infection that the Centers for Disease Control reports affects only 145 Americans per year on average. Though the majority of cases occur in infants, 15 percent of botulism infections in the U.S. are food borne.
The bacteria that is responsible for botulism is found in contaminated soils and water, and is known as Clostridium botulinum. When consumed in foods, affected individuals usually exhibit symptoms within one to two days of exposure. However, symptoms have been reported to appear as late as 10 days in some cases.
Botulism severely affects the muscles and nervous system. Muscle weakness, slurred speech and blurred vision are common, and when left untreated, the condition can progress into muscle paralysis – particularly within the respiratory system.
Treating botulism is time-consuming and taxing, sometimes requiring weeks or months of respiratory support through a ventilator. That is in addition to the meticulous medical supervision required to oversee the recovery process. Though the majority of botulism victims eventually recover, the process can take months, and there are sometimes life-time health repercussions.
If you have been affected by a botulism outbreak, contact the botulism attorneys at Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, PC. Food borne illness should not threaten the health of Americans, and we believe that commercial food producers should abide by public health and food safety standards. If you contracted botulism from a commercial food source, you need the skill of a botulism lawyer on your side. Call us today for a case evaluation.