duck sickness


: a highly destructive form of botulism affecting especially wild ducks in areas of the western United States in which drought has caused decay of aquatic vegetation thereby permitting excessive multiplication of a form of botulinum bacterium (Clostridium botulinum type C) and spreading of its characteristic toxin in feeding areas

called also duck disease

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“Duck sickness.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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