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Suspected botulism patient treated in Aberdeen

A drug user is receiving treatment for suspected botulism in Aberdeen.

NHS Grampian's Health Protection Team is investigating the case, which involved a person injecting drugs.

Botulism can sometimes contaminate heroin. If injected, it can grow and cause wound infections.

The bacteria produces a toxin, which causes paralysis of nerves. NHS Grampian said botulism cases were rare.

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