EpiCore RFIs: Infant Botulism in Texas, USA

Jul 25, 2019 | Lauren Goodwin | Outbreak News

On July 16, 2019, HealthMap received a report of diagnosed infant botulism in Texas. A request for information was sent on EpiCore on 17 July 2019 at 9:15AM EST. The media report shared that three confirmed and one suspected cases of infant botulism were diagnosed in Texas, United States. Two of the confirmed cases occurred in Troup, TX and 1 in  Mineola, TX.  The suspected case was being investigated in Tyler, TX. At the time, it was unclear whether the cases were connected or if they were independent events, so a request was sent to EpiCore members.

An RFI response was received on 23 July 2019 at 1:15PM that provided information that the three confirmed cases were determined by the Northeast Texas Public Health District to be independent health events and do not signal the start of an outbreak of infant botulism. As of July 23, 2019, the fourth potential case was still being investigated. This PHE was supported by EpiCore members.

Additional information: On August 9, 2019, the HealthMap system received an alert that there is a fifth potential case of infant botulism in the area.


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