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Volume 18, Number 1—January 2012


Intestinal Toxemia Botulism in 3 Adults, Ontario, Canada, 2006–2008

Yolanda D. Sheppard, Dean Middleton, Yvonne Whitfield, Felix Tyndel, Shariq Haider, Jamie Spiegelman, Richard H. Swartz, Mark P. Nelder, Stacey L. Baker, Lisa Landry, Ross MacEachern, Sherri Deamond, Lorrie Ross, Garth Peters, Michelle Baird, David Rose, Greg Sanders, and John W. Austin
Author affiliations: Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Y.D. Sheppard, Y. Whitfield, M.P. Nelder, S.L. Baker); Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion, Toronto (D. Middleton); Scarborough Hospital–Birchmount, Toronto (F. Tyndel); McMaster University Medical Center, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (S. Haider); Humber River Regional Hospital, Toronto (J. Spiegelman); Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto (R.H. Swartz); Public Health Agency of Canada, Guelph, Ontario, Canada (L. Landry); Durham Region Health Department, Whitby, Ontario, Canada (R. MacEachern, S. Deamond); Niagara Region Public Health, Thorold, Ontario, Canada (L. Ross); Toronto Public Health, Toronto (G. Peters); Hamilton Public Health Services, Hamilton (M. Baird); The Scarborough Hospital, Toronto (D. Rose); Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (G. Sanders, J.W. Austin)

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Figure. Results of pulsed-field gel electrophoresis of samples from case-patient 1, who had intestinal toxemia botulism, Ontario, Canada, 2006–2008. Lanes 1, 3: Clostridium botulinum type A isolated from enema sample; lanes 2, 4: C. botulinum type A isolated from peanut butter obtained from residence of patient. Samples in lanes 1 and 2 were digested with SmaI; samples in lanes 3 and 4 were digested with XhoI.

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