is a poison, or toxin, produced by a microscopic
germ called Clostridium botulinum.
Botulism toxin -- the most
potent lethal substance known to man --
is made by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
HOW DOES IT SPREAD?
Botulism toxin can be inhaled or ingested via
contaminated food or water.
Double vision, slurred speech, dry mouth and muscle
weakness, which also starts
at the top of the body and works its way down.
Symptoms begin from six hours
up to two weeks after exposure.
Death can be caused by paralysis of the breathing
muscles within 24 hours.
Botulism anti-toxin, supplied by the CDC.