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Characterization of a neurotoxigenic Clostridium butyricum strain isolated from the food implicated in an outbreak of food-borne type E botulism

  • 1997-08
  • Journal of Clinical Microbiology 35(8)
    • X. Meng
    • T. Karasawa
    • K. Zou
    • X. Kuang
    • X. Wang
    • C. Lu
    • C. Wang
    • K. Yamakawa
    • S. Nakamura


Neurotoxigenic Clostridium butyricum was isolated from the food implicated in an outbreak of clinically diagnosed type E botulism in China. PCR assay showed that the isolate (LCL 155) contained the type E botulinum toxin gene. This appears to be the first report of neurotoxigenic C. butyricum causing food-borne botulism.

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SupplementHealth OutcomeEffect TypeEffect Size
Clostridium butyricumReduction in Food-borne BotulismHarmful

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