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Published On: Thu, Jan 23rd, 2014

Wound botulism cases reported in Dallas/Ft. Worth due to injection drug use

There were two cases of wound botulism in injection drug users in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, according to a report in the Your Glen Rose TX.com Tuesday.

Public domain photo/Psychonaught

Public domain photo/Psychonaught

According to Family physician, Dr. Justus Turner Peters, “Symptoms can worsen to respiratory failure. Injection drug users need to know that wound botulism can start with symptoms of nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, dizziness, dysphagia, and shortness of breath. They must seek medical care promptly.”

Black tar heroin has been an issue in the US and Europe for years with outbreaks in California and Washington state in the past.

Mexico is frequently the source of black tar heroin which is a thick gummy substance and because of this it needs to be diluted. Many experts believe the source of the botulism is in the “cutting agent” which is believed to be things like dirt and honey.

Wound botulism occurs when spores of Clostridium botulinum contaminate a wound, germinate and produce botulinum neurotoxin in the body. Most wound botulism cases have been among intravenous drug users.

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