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ID:743 Food botulsim or intestinal botulism
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DescriptionFood botulism is a result of ingesting food contaminated with the toxin of clostridium botulism. Clinical microbiology laboratories can diagnose the disease by botulinum toxin detection in the serum and by also detecting the organism in faecal cultures. Vomitus, gastric washings or gut content are also suitable samples for C.botulinum investigation
Additional Info Because of the public health ramifications it is important to obtain an aliquot of the food sample for formal testing at a certified Food Microbiology laboratory. For wound botulism see separate Test&Tubes entry
Concurrent TestsSerum: At least 5ml must be collected as close to the onset of symptoms as possible. Serum specimens must be collected before antitoxin is given. Lysed or EDTA treated blood specimens are not suitable
Dietary Requirementsna
Interpretation The sample will be referred to the reference laboratory for the detection of botulinum neurotoxin and PCR detection

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Collection Conditions
Min. Vol 10g

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Ref. Range Notes
Units - Not Defined -
IP Acute TAT14 days
IP Routine TAT14 days
GP Acute TAT14 days
GP Routine TAT14 days
Turnround CommentNegative results may be available considerably earlier than stated turnaround time.

Originally edited by : Dr. H. Schuster ext. 25035. Review due on 28/02/2018 10:46:37. Published By K Roberts on 28/02/2017 10:46:37.