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Were you looking for information about Botulism? Botchelism is a common misspelling of botulism.
 
Botulism is a severe, sometimes fatal illness caused by a natural poison produced by specific bacteria. It can result in paralysis or even death due to respiratory failure. Some of the early symptoms of this condition may include slurred speech, dry mouth, and drooping eyelids. A person with a severe case may require a breathing machine as well as intensive medical and nursing care for several months. People who survive an episode of botulism poisoning may have fatigue and shortness of breath for years.
 
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