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Poultry waste associated type C botulism in cattle

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 October 2009

J. L. Smart
Agricultural & Food Research Council, Institute of Food Research, Bristol Laboratory, Langford, Bristol
T. O. Jones
Veterinary Investigation Centre, Sutton Bonington
F. G. Clegg
Veterinary Investigation Centre, Sutton Bonington
M. J. McMurtry
34 Market Place, Ashbourne, Derbyshire
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Botulism in UK cattle has been confirmed by demonstrating type C botulinum toxin in sera from affected animals. Evidence is presented indicating the source of intoxication to be poultry carcasses containing type C Clostridium botulinum and its toxin. The organism was also found in poultry litter and in alimentary tract samples from slaughtered animals. The implications of these findings are discussed.

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