The Ministry of Health of Ukraine reported today (computer translated) on an additional botulism case in the Kherson region from late June. The patient was treated with Botulism Antitoxin and is currently stable.
This brings the total botulism cases since the beginning of the year to 53, including four fatalities.
As of July 1, 2018, antitoxin (serum against botulism) is available in a specialized warehouse of the State Enterprise “Ukrvaktsina Ministry of Health of Ukraine”. These are high-quality Canadian medicines procured by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and transferred to Ukraine as humanitarian aid. This year the Ministry of Health of Ukraine first included antitoxins against botulism in the list of medicines procured by the state and will conduct a centralized procurement through international organizations.
Food borne botulism is a severe intoxication caused by eating the preformed toxin present in contaminated food.