Botulism

Last updated: Monday, 26, July, 2010
Key InformationAppropriate Tests
Food-borne

Detection of botulinum toxin from serum, stool, suspect food or ingested material.

Toxin testing is only available in specialised laboratories.

Infantile

If Clostridium botulinum is suspected, a specific request for anaerobic culture of faeces is required.

In the appropriate clinical setting, isolation of C. botulinum provides presumptive evidence of infection.

Wound

Wound swab with anaerobic culture - isolation of C. botulinum provides presumptive evidence of infection.