African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5232

Case Report

Type E botulism associated with crude beef: A case report

  Jiu-Cong Zhang1#, Fang Xie2# and Li Sun1*
  1Department of Infectious Diseases, Tangdu Hospital, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi'an 710038, China. 2Institute for Biomedical Sciences of Pain, Tangdu Hospital, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’an 710038, China.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 05 July 2013
  •  Published: 12 July 2013



Botulism remains infrequent but is widely feared because it can be severe and is potentially lethal. Foodborne botulism results from contaminated foodstuffs in whichClostridium botulinum spores have been allowed to germinate in anaerobic conditions. This typically occurs in home-canned food substances and fermented uncooked dishes. We present an outbreak of type E botulism in China. The diagnosis was based on the patient's rapid deterioration and presentation of descending paralysis and was confirmed by laboratory findings. The patient did not received antitoxin administration because of delayed diagnosis. We report this case to alert clinicians to the possibility of major clinical diagnosis, adequate treatment without antitoxin can lead to successful management of mild cases in botulism.


Key words: Foodborne botulism, Clostridium botulinum, Type E, crude beef, case report.