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Laboratory diagnosis of botulism

A diagnosis of botulism is based on:

  • Clinical signs and epidemiology consistent with the disease
  • Appropriate post-mortem samples from clinically affected cattle to RULE OUT other causes
  • Suspect source sample (if available).

Negative lab results do not rule out a diagnosis of botulism.

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