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BOTULISM, HUMAN, BAMBOO SHOOTS

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>>>Army weapons specialists and US disease investigators on full alert Mon 20 Mar 2006<<<

 

BOTULISM, HUMAN, BAMBOO SHOOTS - THAILAND (NAN)

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Specialists on full alert following outbreak of botulism

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A serious disease outbreak in the northern province of Nan had Army weapons

specialists and US disease investigators on full alert Mon 20 Mar 2006.

Almost 150 people in the province have been stricken with botulism, a rare,

often lethal bacterial disease that could potentially be used as a

biological weapon. Health authorities have sought international assistance

in treating the patients. US military biological weapons experts have been

flown into Nan, as have WHO disease specialists, said Thai Disease Control

Department chief Thawat Suntharacharn.

 

Since 4 Mar 2006, 143 villagers in Nan's Ban Luang district have been

diagnosed as suffering from botulism, a disease caused by toxins produced

by several members of a group of bacteria known as _Clostridium botulinum_.

 

All of the patients reported having eaten dishes containing preserved

bamboo shoots from the same batch at a merit-making feast in their village

last week. Shortly after eating the shoots they began to suffer similar

symptoms, including vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty swallowing, dry mouths

and muscle weakness, Nan chief health officer Dr. Pisit Sriprasert said on

Sun 19 Mar 2006. Of the 147, 33 are currently breathing with the aid of

respirators, he said.

 

"Botulism is among the diseases that can be used as a biological warfare

agent; the others include anthrax and smallpox," said Thawat. Fears of a

biological attack arose because of the number of people falling ill at one

time.

 

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Date: Mon 20 Mar 2006

From: ProMED-mail <promed@promedmail.org>

Source: Thailand News Agency [edited] <http://etna.mcot.net/query.php?nid=7523>

 

 

Emergency antitoxin from Canada, UK, US and Japan for Nan botulism incident

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An occurrence of botulism that is possibly the worst incident on record

worldwide has brought emergency shipments of antitoxin from Canada, England

and the USA, while Thai health authorities are seeking further supplies

from Japan.

 

Thai and international health officials called for antitoxin serum from USA

CDC, from England, and from Canada to treat more than 100 villagers in

Thailand's northern Nan province who contracted botulism from contaminated

bamboo shoots prepared in a traditional manner.

 

The head of Thailand's Communicable Disease Control Department, Dr. Thawat

Suntracharn, said that 168 villagers contracted botulism -- a rare

neuromuscular disease that is often fatal -- after eating the

traditionally-prepared bamboo shoots that had been stored in aluminum trays.

 

Among the villagers, 143 were admitted to hospital, with 33 of them needing

respirators to assist their breathing, another 36 awaiting medical

examinations to determine whether they need respirators, while the

remaining 74 patients are hospitalized under close medical supervision.

 

The number of the patients intoxicated by botulinum is the largest reported

incident of botulism ever in Thailand, and perhaps in the world, Dr. Thawat

said.

 

Normally, Thailand experiences only one or 2 patients per year from the

illness annually.

 

Bamboo shoot products on shelves and in the markets were collected and

destroyed by the provincial public health office, Dr. Thawat said.

 

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[Classically, botulism is a foodborne disease caused by the ingestion of

preformed toxin, although there also exists wound botulism (in which _C.

botulinum_ spores germinate in a wound), and infant botulism (in which the

spores germinate in the intestinal tract). There are a number of types of

botulism toxins that are immunologically distinct and work at a variety of

sites of the neuromuscular junction to block acetylcholine neuromuscular

transmission. Although large clusters of botulism bring up the specter of

bioterrorism, no clear support of this is found in the postings.

 

A map of Thailand showing Nan at the extreme northeast can be seen at: <http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/middle_east_and_asia/thailand_admin_2005.pdf

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- Mod.LL]

 

[see also:

Botulism - Armenia (Erevan) 20060216.0505

2005

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Botulism, canned food - Kyrgyzstan (Osh region) 20051219.3635 Botulism, dried fish - Kazakhstan (Mangistauskaya) 20051017.3029 Botulism, salted fish - Russia (Buryatia) 20051014.2998 Botulism, canned food - Russia (Rostov) 20050712.1980 Botulism - Russia (Komi) 20050705.1897 Adult colonization botulism - Czech Rep. ex. Georgia (02): susp. 20050426.1159 Adult colonization botulism - Czech Rep. ex Georgia: susp 20050420.1108 Botulism, canned cucumbers - Russia (Samara) 20050228.0622 Botulism, smoked fish - Russia (Rostov) 20050118.0167 Botulism, dried fish - Ukraine (Zaporozhye) 20050220.0557 Botulism during pregnancy - Kyrgyzstan (Chuysk) 20050218.0538 Botulism, bamboo shoots - Canada (AB, BC): recall 20050110.0083 2004

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Botulism, dried fish - Ukraine (Kharkov) 20041030.2930 Botulism, smoked fish - Russia (Buryatia) (03) 20040908.2508 Botulism, smoked fish - Russia (Buryatia) 20040817.2278 Botulism, dried fish suspected - Russia (Volgograd) 20040526.1424 2003

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Botulism, canned corn - Ukraine 20031121.2888

2000

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Botulism, foodborne - Russia 1999 20000229.0277

1999

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Botulism, human - Russia (Burjatija) 19990907.1576

1998

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Botulism, human - Japan (Tokyo) 19980816.1632] ............................ll/msp/dk

 

 

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i cannot stress this enough people don't eat food from old dented cans shit my boy caught it this summer and was in the hospital for a week i told him not to eat the old dented can that spit and hissed when he opened it but no he wouldnt listen he really wanted that beef stew and had never gotten sick from a dented can before.

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Originally posted by CACashRefund@Mar 21 2006, 01:37 AM

the muslims are at it again

 

 

 

cash, when you feel the need to make a comment that will describe a certain group of individuals, try to be more specific in your description. To say " the muslims are at it again" is such a blanket statement that does no justice to the point you're trying to make.

It would be better to say "the terrorists are at it again" or "the extremists are at it again" Or those maniac nutjobs are at it again" but don't say " the muslims are at it again" It's very insulting to me and about 4 billion people who don't engage in chemical warfare but do refer to themselves as "muslims". thanks, man.

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Originally posted by Dawood+Mar 24 2006, 03:49 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Dawood - Mar 24 2006, 03:49 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-CACashRefund@Mar 21 2006, 01:37 AM

the muslims are at it again

 

 

 

cash, when you feel the need to make a comment that will describe a certain group of individuals, try to be more specific in your description. To say " the muslims are at it again" is such a blanket statement that does no justice to the point you're trying to make.

It would be better to say "the terrorists are at it again" or "the extremists are at it again" Or those maniac nutjobs are at it again" but don't say " the muslims are at it again" It's very insulting to me and about 4 billion people who don't engage in chemical warfare but do refer to themselves as "muslims". thanks, man.

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i think he was joking buddy

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Originally posted by Dawood+Mar 24 2006, 12:49 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Dawood - Mar 24 2006, 12:49 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-CACashRefund@Mar 21 2006, 01:37 AM

the muslims are at it again

 

 

 

cash, when you feel the need to make a comment that will describe a certain group of individuals, try to be more specific in your description. To say " the muslims are at it again" is such a blanket statement that does no justice to the point you're trying to make.

It would be better to say "the terrorists are at it again" or "the extremists are at it again" Or those maniac nutjobs are at it again" but don't say " the muslims are at it again" It's very insulting to me and about 4 billion people who don't engage in chemical warfare but do refer to themselves as "muslims". thanks, man.

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Don't get all butthurt.

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