There are several probable cases of botulism in Bordeaux, all of whom have visited the same bar.

Le CHU Pellegrin, à Bordeaux, le 4 avril 2020.

Des individus ont été admis à l’hôpital de Bordeaux en raison de symptômes suspects de botulisme, une maladie neurologique rare mais potentiellement mortelle. Cinq d’entre eux étaient en soins intensifs le mardi 12 septembre, selon des sources médicales et la préfecture.

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The doctor does not rule out the possibility of more patients arriving in the next few days, as the last contaminated meal potentially dates back to Saturday. He urges individuals who have experienced digestive symptoms (diarrhea, vomiting) or vision and speech disorders after visiting the establishment in question to contact emergency services for early administration of antitoxin treatment.

The departmental directorate for consumer protection (DDPP) has taken samples in the establishment and all canned goods have been kept pending the results of the analysis, which should be known « within three days, » according to the prefecture and the Regional Health Agency (ARS). The establishment remains open, but with limited service (wine and snacks).

« I acknowledge that I had a batch of sterilized sardines and that, upon opening, I had to discard some that had a strong odor. Others appeared to be healthy and were served to customers, » stated the restaurant manager to the Sud Ouest newspaper, which had revealed the information. « I am devastated for these customers if it turns out that they fell ill at my establishment, » he added.

Botulism is a notifiable disease caused by botulinum neurotoxins, which are divided into 8 types (A to H). These toxins attack the nervous system and result in ocular problems (double vision), swallowing difficulties, and in advanced cases, muscle paralysis, particularly in the respiratory muscles, which can lead to death.

Le Monde avec AFP