Botulism Toxin // Botulism Test // Botulism Detection Device // Bioterrorism // Biological Weapons
How is botulism used as a weapon?
Botulinum toxin poses a major bioweapon threat because of its extreme potency and lethality, ease of production, ease of transport and the need for prolonged intensive care among effected persons. When used for biological weapons, it can be released as an aerosol or distributed in water and food sources.
Botulinum toxin is absorbed through the respiratory or gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms of exposure can include:
- Double and blurred vision
- Drooping eyelids
- Slurred speech
- Difficulty swallowing
- Dry mouth
- Muscle weakness
Botulism detection devices or botulism tests are a critical component to a team's response capabilities. Advnt's Botulinum tests can detect both Botulinum A and B down to 33ng/ml for A and 500ng/ml for B.