Investigation of a Botulism Incident Involving a Group of Indigenous People Living in Renai Township, Nantou County

Shao-Hui Tsai

2006 Vol.22 NO.9

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It was June 5, 2006, when people at the Third Branch of Taiwan CDC (located in Taichung City) received a case notification from Nantou County Health Bureau regarding two adult indigenous residents of Renai Township, Nantou County, who appeared to have symptoms including blurred vision, double vision, and difficulty swallowing. This official notification stressed that the symptoms were quite serious but the source and cause were not clear. It seemed necessary to conduct an epidemiological outbreak investigation in order to understand the cause of the disease and the scale of the outbreak, and to determine the route of infection to prevent further disease spread.