Ophthalmologic Manifestations of Botulism Follow-up

Updated: May 19, 2016
  • Author: Bhupendra C K Patel, MD, FRCS; Chief Editor: Hampton Roy, Sr, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Further Inpatient Care

Prolonged support, particularly respiratory support, may be required.

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Deterrence/Prevention

Botulism is a public health emergency.

Rapid epidemiologic investigation is critical to prevent further cases if hazardous foodstuffs are still available for consumption.

State health departments should be contacted.

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Prognosis

With early detection and appropriate support, long-term outlook is good. See Mortality/Morbidity for mortality figures.

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Patient Education

As many US outbreaks of food-borne botulism are due to improperly preserved home-canned foods, provide education about the appropriate cooking time, pressure, and temperature required to destroy spores. Refrigeration of incompletely processed foods is required. Emphasize education about the effectiveness of boiling home-canned vegetables to destroy toxins.

For excellent patient education resources, see eMedicineHealth's patient education article BOTOX® Injections.

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