By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Vietnam Food Administration is reporting at least one botulism death and several suspected cases in localities such as Kon Tum province and Binh Duong province.

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The Southern Province of Binh Duong’s Thuan An District had seen one death and many hospitalizations relating to Botulinum toxin after eating canned pâté food on March 28.

Food Safety News reports the fatality was a woman in her 40s who died at the hospital. Her 53-year-old sister and 16-year-old daughter have been given botulinum antitoxin and their conditions are improving.

The illnesses are linked to canned pâté.

In Kon Tum province, suspected cases are linked to salted fish.

Botulinum poisoning is a severe poisoning with a high risk of death or long-term health effects. Patients with botulinum toxin show symptoms of nausea, vomiting, bloating, abdominal pain, paralysis starting from the head, face and neck area spreading to the arms, then to the legs, paralysis of the respiratory muscles. steamed; Severe paralysis can cause respiratory failure, which is fatal.

Botulinum toxin is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum in an anaerobic (air-deficient environment). Products from vegetables, roots, fruits, canned meat and seafood that do not meet food safety conditions are at risk of being contaminated with Clostridium botulinum bacteria and botulinum toxin generation, officials note.

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