Botulism type E outbreak associated with eating a beached whale, Alaska

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We report an outbreak of botulism that occurred in July 2002 in a group of 12 Alaskan Yu'pik Eskimos who ate blubber and skin from a beached beluga whale. Botulism death rates among Alaska Natives have declined in the last 20 years, yet incidence has increased.

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McLaughlin, J. B., Sobel, J., Lynn, T., Funk, E., & Middaugh, J. P. (2004). Botulism type E outbreak associated with eating a beached whale, Alaska. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 10(9), 1685–1687. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid1009.040131

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