Botulism is a severe, often fatal form of food poisoning which can affect most animals and birds, and occasionally humans.

What is botulism?

Botulism is usually fatal in livestock and can cause serious economic losses to farmers.

Botulism is not a notifiable disease and no statutory action is taken in cases or suspected cases of botulism.

Vaccination and biosecurity measures in relation to botulism are the responsibility of farmers and animal keepers in conjunction with their private veterinary practitioners.

AFBI provide comprehensive advice to farmers as to how to reduce the risk of botulism.

Further information and advice may be obtained from AFBI’s laboratories at Belfast and Omagh by telephoning 028 9052 5680 or 028 8224 3337.

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