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5th case of infant botulism confirmed in East Texas

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Updated: Sep. 25, 2019 at 9:17 AM CDT
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LINDALE, TEXAS (KLTV) - A fifth case of infant botulism has been confirmed in East Texas.

According to NET Health Public Information Officer Terrence Ates, the case occurred in the Lindale area. Ates reported they were investigating the case in August but at the time they were awaiting confirmation. The case was confirmed in September.

Four cases were confirmed across East Texas in June. Two were confirmed in Troup, one in Mineola and one was confirmed in Tyler. In a follow-up investigation conducted by the Northeast Texas Public Health District, they found no links between the cases.

“Every case has been reported by the Texas Department of State Health Services as its own isolated incident,” said Ates. “And there is no established connection between any of the cases.”

According to Ates, they are investigating a new and unconfirmed case of infant botulism in the Troup area.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the bacteria that cause infant botulism can be found in dust and dirt, even after cleaning. Infants are more susceptible to complications because their digestive tracts are not developed enough to fight off the bacteria which then begins producing toxins.

Warning signs include constipation, decreased movement, poor feeding and at times, a weak cry.

According to the CDC, botulism is not contagious.

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