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J Clin Microbiol. 1985 April; 21(4): 654–655.
PMCID: PMC271744

Isolation of an organism resembling Clostridium barati which produces type F botulinal toxin from an infant with botulism.


All reported cases of infant botulism except one have been caused by proteolytic strains (group I) of Clostridium botulinum, toxin types A or B. We describe the cultural and biochemical characteristics of the causative organism of this singular case of infant botulism, caused by type F botulinal toxin. Although this organism produces type F botulinal toxin, it is quite different from proteolytic (group I) C. botulinum, being more closely related to Clostridium barati.

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