In the Russian region, 10 lovers of dried fish were diagnosed with a deadly disease – botulism. Main symptom

In the Volgograd region, 10 people became infected with a deadly disease – botulism. This was reported by the regional Rospotrebnadzor.

Up to 70 percent of those infected die if they do not see a doctor in time. There is no poison stronger than that produced by Clostridium botulinum, the causative agent of this disease, the department warns.

Since the beginning of 2024, 10 people have been affected by botulism in the region. The suspected product is home-made dried fish.

Signs of botulism appear within two hours to one and a half days from the moment the toxin enters the blood. The main one is the doubling of objects, which are seen as if in a fog. 

Main symptoms of botulism:

1. Muscle weakness. The muscles become weak and inflexible.

2. Difficulty swallowing and speaking. Botulism can cause difficulty swallowing and speaking due to weakening of the throat and vocal cord muscles.

3. Paralysis of the respiratory muscles. In severe cases, paralysis of the respiratory muscles may develop, leading to respiratory arrest.

4. Visual disturbances: double vision, blurred vision or even loss of vision.

5. Dry mouth and difficulty urinating. Botulism can cause dry mouth and difficulty urinating due to weakened muscles.

How to avoid botulism:

  • Proper processing and storage of food. Cook food at a temperature high enough to kill Clostridium botulinum. Store food in the refrigerator to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Very important: Caution when canning and storing.
  • Avoid eating foods that smell or look suspicious.
  • Caution when consuming canned foods. Always check the integrity of the packaging.

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