Find out how we define and monitor cases of botulism, how you can get vaccinated, and where you can learn more about this disease.

About botulism

Botulism is an illness caused by a toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria. The C. botulinum bacteria spores are naturally present in the environment, often living in garden soil. Although botulism is a serious condition, fortunately it is very rare. 

Disease type:
Vaccination available under NIP:
Notifiable disease:

Prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

For information about prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, see healthdirect's botulism page

Surveillance and reporting

Botulism is a nationally notifiable disease

We monitor cases through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System

For more on botulism in Australia, you can search Communicable Diseases Intelligence. 

Related programs

Botulinum is listed on the Security Sensitive Biological Agents Regulatory Scheme.

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