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Two simultaneous botulism outbreaks in Barcelona: Clostridium baratii and Clostridium botulinum


Botulism is a severe neuroparalytic disorder that can be potentially life-threatening. In Barcelona, Spain, no outbreaks had been reported in the past 25 years. However, in September 2011, two outbreaks occurred involving two different families. A rare case of Clostridium baratii which produced a neurotoxin F outbreak was detected in five family members who had shared lunch, and several days before that another family was affected by C. botulinum toxin A which was probably present in homemade pâté.

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*Author for correspondence: S. Lafuente van der Sluis, Agencia de Salut Pública, Barcelona, Spain. (Email:
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