Serious Signs of Botulism
If a healthcare provider cannot identify and treat botulism early, symptoms progress to paralysis of the:
- Respiratory system.
People with respiratory botulism symptoms may have to use a ventilator to help them breathe until they recover from the toxin, which normally takes two to eight weeks.
Death occurs in 5 to 10 percent of cases of botulism.
Botulinum toxin is one of the most poisonous substances known to exist. For this reason, anyone with possible symptoms of botulism should receive emergency treatment, and public health officials should be notified to locate the source of the contamination and prevent other cases.