Fatal Botulism Outbreak in Azerbaijan Linked to Home Made Pickles

Acidic food stuffs like tomatoes have traditionally been thought of as safe as far as the risk of botulism was concerned. However, an outbreak of six cases, one of whom died, in Azerbaijan, which has subsequently been linked to home made pickled tomatoes, has brought that conventional wisdom into question. More of this outbreak can be read on the Azer News article. Botulism results from … Continue reading Fatal Botulism Outbreak in Azerbaijan Linked to Home Made Pickles

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Black Tar Heroin: Lower HIV Transmission vs Higher Bacterial Infections?

The rise of street-cut, unsanitary preparations of Black Tar Heroin has allegedly reduced HIV transmission but at the cost of higher numbers of fatal, bacterial infections, notably botulism, clusters of which have been regularly identified in California. Continue reading Black Tar Heroin: Lower HIV Transmission vs Higher Bacterial Infections?

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