The striking symptoms and high fatality of botulism have given to this disease, as to rabies, an interest and a conspicuousness far beyond its relative importance as a cause of death. Two recent fatal outbreaks of "food poisoning," one in Ohio, the other in Michigan, have been attributed, it seems with justice, to botulism intoxication from ripe olives packed in California, and these tragedies have increased the uneasiness felt by some persons about the dangers from this cause. American investigators in the past few years4 have added much to our knowledge of botulism, and several recent articles, especially, have helped to define the conditions under which this serious form of food poisoning may take place.
It has been shown that the name of botulism, or sausage poisoning, is quite inappropriate to this form of bacterial intoxication as it occurs in the United States. Canned string beans, asparagus, corn, apricots, ripe
BOTULISM: I. JAMA. 1919;73(24):1844–1845. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610500034015
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