Initial Recovery and Rebound of Type F Intestinal Colonization Botulism After Administration of Investigational Heptavalent Botulinum Antitoxin

Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Clinical Infectious Diseases (Impact Factor: 8.89). 09/2011; 53(9):e125-8. DOI: 10.1093/cid/cir550
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Investigational heptavalent botulinum antitoxin (HBAT) is now the primary antitoxin for US noninfant botulism patients. HBAT consists of equine Fab/F(ab')2 IgG fragments, which are cleared from circulation faster than whole immunoglobulins. Rebound botulism after antitoxin administration is not previously documented but occurred in our patient 10 days after HBAT administration.

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