Skip to main page content
Access keys NCBI Homepage MyNCBI Homepage Main Content Main Navigation
Case Reports
, 43 (1), 511-3

Infant Botulism Acquired From Household Dust Presenting as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Affiliations
Case Reports

Infant Botulism Acquired From Household Dust Presenting as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Mari Nevas et al. J Clin Microbiol.

Abstract

Clostridium botulinum type B was detected by multiplex PCR in the intestinal contents of a suddenly deceased 11-week-old infant and in vacuum cleaner dust from the patient's household. C. botulinum was also isolated from the deceased infant's intestinal contents and from the household dust. The genetic similarity of the two isolates was demonstrated by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and randomly amplified polymorphic DNA analysis, thereby confirming that dust may act as a vehicle for infant botulism that results in sudden death.

Figures

FIG. 1.
FIG. 1.
PFGE patterns of the C. botulinum strains isolated from the infant (lane 1) and from vacuum cleaner dust (lane 2). Digestion was performed with restriction enzymes SmaI and XhoI. The outermost lanes contain Low Range PFG marker.
FIG. 2.
FIG. 2.
RAPD patterns of the C. botulinum strains isolated from the infant (lane 1) and from vacuum cleaner dust (lane 2). The patterns were generated with universal primers OPJ-6 and OPJ-13. The outermost lanes contain molecular weight marker (MWM) VI.

Similar articles

See all similar articles

Cited by 12 articles

See all "Cited by" articles

Publication types

Feedback