Botulism — United States
Botulism has been recently identified in Howard County. Botulism is a serious illness caused by a toxin that attacks the body’s nerves. It can be caused by eating contaminated food or beverages. It is often associated with improperly home-canned, preserved or fermented foods. It is not contagious.
A Howard County health department investigation found the possible source as acupuncture and herbal practice in Ellicott City. Any food, teas or other products that can be put in or on the body