Deaths due to botulism reported in provinces of Batna and Khenchela, Algeria

Two people have died and 15 are hospitalized in the provinces of Batna and Khenchela due to botulism poisoning. The source of the toxin is thought to be rotten meat paste. Both chicken and meat paste have been withdrawn from the market in these provinces.

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Advice For Travellers

Botulism is a serious form of food poisoning. The toxin produced by the bacteria that contaminate the food sources can be highly lethal. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to botulism and other forms of food poisoning by following food and water recommendations. Avoid food and beverages sold by street vendors. Practise careful personal hygiene with frequent hand washing.