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Bioterrorism Preparedness for Sentinel A Laboratories

Botulism — Safety

Biosafety Level 3 criteria need to be followed when working with this toxin.

Botulinum toxins are extremely poisonous for humans. Minute quantities acquired by ingestion, inhalation, or by absorption through the eye or a break in the skin can cause profound intoxication and death.

Always use appropriate personal protective equipment including masks, laboratory coats, gloves, and eye or face shields when collecting and handling specimens.

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