Recent Examples of botulism from the Web
North Korea reportedly told a U.S. official that Otto contracted botulism and slipped into the coma after taking a sleeping pill.
But untreated and out of control in the body, botulism attacks the nervous system, breathing and heart function.
If there had been botulism and he were diagnosed and treated appropriately, there would not have been brain injury, said Daniel Laskowitz, a professor of neurology at Duke University.
North Korea said Warmbier went into a coma after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill.
North Korea claimed that Warmbier had been in a coma for more than a year, after contracting botulism and from taking a sleeping pill, an explanation his family has rejected.
The North Korean government said botulism is to blame for Warmbier's condition, but doctors haven't found any evidence of the illness in the now 22-year-old.
Upon the news of his release and medical evacuation this week, Warmbier’s parents said the North Korean regime had alleged Warmbier was stricken with botulism and upon consuming a sleeping pill, fell into a coma.
The Warmbier family said they were informed that North Korean officials had told American envoys that their son became ill with botulism soon after his show trial in March last year.
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Definition of botulism for English Language Learners
: a serious illness that is caused by eating food that has not been preserved correctly and that is filled with bacteria
Medical Definition of botulism
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