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Foodborne botulism associated with home-preserved turnip tops in Italy


Abstract


In Italy, foodborne botulism is a rare disease mainly due to home-preserved food. In

the case reported here, clinical diagnosis was performed on the basis of clinical signs

and referred consumption of home-preserved turnip tops in oil. Definitive diagnosis was

performed by detection of botulinum toxin in sera and neuro-toxigenic organisms in

stools and leftover food. This case report highlights the need of a high medical awareness,

prompt clinical diagnosis, and synergic collaboration among the health authorities for a

correct management of botulism as well as disease containment.


Keywords


botulism; diagnosis; epidemiology; PCR

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