Cosmetic botulism (botox) in Hong Kong and mainland China causes hospitalization

Since late May this year, 10 women have been treated by 6 public hospitals in Hong Kong due to serious toxicity after cosmetic use of botulism toxin. Eight of the cases are alleged to have received injections administered in mainland China. Only 2 cases of botulism poisoning had been recorded in the previous 10 years. Health authorities in the city are concerned over the quality of Botox involved in the cases.

Advice For Travellers

Travellers should be aware that the quality of botulism toxin used for cosmetic purposes and the technical skills of persons administering the toxin can vary in many countries. Travellers should pay careful attention to the sources of the toxin and the qualifications of the administering sites when using botulism toxin for cosmetic purposes.