Summary of botulism cases reported in 2005
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      A total of 145 cases of botulism intoxication were reported to CDC in 2005. Among the 18 cases of foodborne intoxication, toxin type A accounted for 7 (39%) cases, toxin type B for 1 (5%) case, and toxin type E for 10 (56%) cases. The median age of patients was 35 years. Two deaths were reported. There were four multi-case outbreaks. They were caused by fish (type unspecified), stinkfish, stinkhead, and an unknown food, respectively.

      Summary preceded by cover letter to: State and Territorial Epidemiologists and State and Territorial Public Health Laboratory Directors; through: Director, Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases; subject: Surveillance for Botulism Summary of 2005 Data. The cover letter reads: "Attached is the summary of laboratory-confirmed and epidemiologically-linked botulism cases from January 1 through December 31, 2005. The information provided has been compiled from reports submitted by state epidemiologists, the CDC botulism laboratory, the Infant Botulism Treatment and Prevention Program (in conjunction with the California Department of Health Services), CDC epidemiologists and the CDC botulism antitoxin release database."

      At head of title: APPENDIX A.

      File named: Botulism_CSTE_2005.pdf

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