Acute Communicable
Disease Control

Contact Information
County of Los Angeles
Department of Public Health
Acute Communicable Disease Control
313 N. Figueroa Street, #212
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 240-7941
Fax: (213) 482-4856

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Acute Communicable Disease Control
Botulism Warning

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  • CDC Health Alert: Adverse Effects Linked to Counterfeit or Mishandled Botulinum Toxin Injections
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  • CDPH: Botulism


If you suspect that a patient is suffering with botulism, immediately call Acute Communicable Disease Control to assist with diagnosis and implementation of therapy.

(213) 240-7941 (7:30AM-5:00PM, Mon-Fri)
(213) 974-1234 (After Hours, Emergency Operator)

Infant botulism is managed by the California Department of Public Health; contact Infant Botulism Treatment and Prevention Program (IBTPP) on-call physician at (510) 231-7600.

News and Updates:

  • Product Alert: Do not to eat Shemshad's Mulberry Molasses and Mulberry Jam jarred food products dated “APR 25 2025 ” because of possible contamination with botulism English ǀ Arabic ǀ Farsi ǀ Spanish
  • LAC DPH Health Alert: Wound Botulism Cases Associated with Heroin Injection (3-3-21)
  • LAC DPH Health Alert: Wound Botulism Cases Associated with Heroin Injection (10-29-24)

Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. There are three main kinds of botulism. Foodborne botulism is caused by eating foods that contain the botulism toxin. Wound botulism is caused by toxin produced from a wound infected with Clostridium botulinum.

Infant botulism is caused by consuming the spores of the botulinum bacteria, which then grow in the intestines and release toxin; it is correctly called intestinal botulism, and rarely may also occur in older children and adults. Botulism toxin is also a potential bioterrorism agent that theoretically could be released in food or drink, or as an airborne agent. All forms of botulism can be fatal and are considered medical emergencies. Foodborne botulism can be especially dangerous because many people can be poisoned by eating a contaminated food.

Additional Resources for Healthcare Providers

Additional Resources for the General Public

Print Materials

Botulism Special Studies (Annual Case Summary Reports) 

Wound Botulism
Poster for EDs and Healthcare Providers

Wound Botulism
Warning Poster
(English / Spanish)

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