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Botulism is caused by a toxin that attacks the body’s nerves and causes difficulty breathing, muscle paralysis, and even death. There are many different forms of botulism such as foodborne (eating foods that have been contaminated with botulism toxin), infant botulism (when spores of the bacteria get into an infant’s intestines), and other botulism types such as iatrogenic (occurs if too much botulism toxin is injected for cosmetic or medical reasons) and adult intestinal toxemia (similar to infant botulism but occurs in adults).


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Carson City, Douglas and Lyon Counties
Carson City Health & Human Services (CCHHS)
(775) 887-2190

Clark County
Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD)
(702) 759-1300

Washoe County
Washoe County Health District (WCHD)
(775) 328-2447

All Other Counties
Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH)
(775) 400-0333