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

Full Length Research Paper

A case of food-borne botulism by consumption of home-made canned red pepper: Importance of the botulism antitoxin therapy

Refik Saydam Hygiene Center, Ankara/Turkey.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 24 October 2011
  •  Published: 23 November 2011



Botulism is a rare but severe neuroparalytic disease, caused by Clostridium botulinumtoxins. Botulinium toxin is one of the most potent toxins in nature. Foodborne botulism is caused by foods particularly canned foods (home/commercial) but also by sausages, meat products and seafoods. Here we described four adult foodborne poisoning cases caused by home-made canned red pepper. Intensive care monitoring and antitoxin therapy were initialised immediately. After the patients were intubated and antitoxins administered, symptoms improved in two days for one patient, seven days in another and twenty-one days in the remaining two patients. Rapid improvement of symptoms is thought to be related to intensive care and antitoxin therapy.


Key words: Botulinum ıntoxication, foodborne botulism, Clostridium botulinum, toxin, antitoxin.