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Botulism: more than a passing fancy.

Botulism: More than a passing fancy

A recent report suggests there may be more long-term problems associated with botulism than scientists have assumed. Researchers led by Felissa L. Cohen of the University of Illinois at Chicago looked at the long-term effects of botulism in 28 persons who became ill after eating sauteed onions in congealed margarine. She found that although "the patient may appear to be fully recovered after a period of time...50 percent of the patients became easily fatigued three years after contracting botulism." Other long-term effects included muscle weakness, headache and blurred vision.

Botulism is an acute bacterial poisoning often associated with home-canned foods, but increasingly traced to restaurants.
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Title Annotation:report on long-term problems
Publication:Science News
Date:Apr 23, 1988
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