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Although it is a rare illness, infant botulism is incredibly serious.  For this reason, parents of newborns are being reminded to refrain from feeding honey, even the smallest amount, to any child under the age of 1.

If the botulism spores are ingested, they begin to multiply in the infant’s gastrointestinal tract, producing a toxin. 

For those who spend any time at all thinking about botulism, it’s probably with respect to foods, particularly canned and low-acid foods.  But being, all at once, an avid bird hunter with two pointing dogs who also thinks about botulism a good bit of the time, I thought i’d simply issue this warning to any expensive hunting-dog-owning

It may surprise some people to learn that the often-lethal toxins produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which cause botulism illnesses, are a chief ingredient in certain cosmetic/medical products.  In fact, the FDA recently updated its safety warnings about medical products that contain botulism toxins.  The FDA advisory concerns four drugs specifically: Botox, Botox Cosmetic, Myobloc, and Dysport.  The safety warning states, in part, as follows: 

The boxed warning cautions that the effects of the botulinum toxin may spread from the area of injection to other areas of the body, causing symptoms similar to those of botulism. Those symptoms include potentially life-threatening swallowing and breathing difficulties and even death.

These symptoms have mostly been reported in children with cerebral palsy being treated with botulinum toxin for muscle spasticity, a use of the drugs that has not been approved by FDA. Symptoms have also been reported in adults treated both for approved and unapproved uses.


No definitive serious adverse event reports of distant spread of toxin effect have been associated with dermatologic use of Botox/Botox Cosmetic at the recommended doses (for frown lines between the eyebrows or severe underarm sweating). As well, no definitive serious adverse event reports of distant spread of toxin effect have been associated with Botox when used at approved doses for eyelid twitches or for crossed eyes.

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