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Microbiology 17

A 4-month-old infant is brought to the emergency department by his mother with progressive muscular weakness and failure to thrive. The mother reports that her mother-in-law recommended mixing honey with formula to improve consumption of the formula when fed through the bottle. The infant is admitted to the hospital, antitoxin is administered, and a diagnosis of infant botulism is confirmed by identification of toxin in the stool. The infant is given supportive care and is eventually discharged from the hospital after a prolonged stay.

Which of the following describes the causative organism?

  • A) Gram-negative coccus
  • B) Gram-negative rod
  • C) Gram-positive acid-fast bacterium
  • D) Gram-positive coccus
  • E) Gram-positive rod


Dr. Ted O'Connell


Dr. Ted O'Connell

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Sep 08, 2022


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