Botulism

Botulism is caused by a botulinum toxin, which is a poison produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The bacterium is commonly found in the soil in the form of spores.

Botulism in Ireland, 2004-2016

Year Number of cases
2004 0
2005 0
2006 1
2007 0
2008* 7
2009 0
2010 0
2011 1
2012 0
2013 1
2014 1
2015 0
2016 0

* 6 cases were associated with an outbreak amongst injecting drug users

Last updated: 3 October 2018