Oregon sees just two such cases a year. The whole country records just 100. We are talking about infant botulism.
One victim is being treated now at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland.
The month-old infant is beginning to recover. Its mother, Jennifer Perez says tiny Aracelis Mora went limp the day after they passed a construction site while on a walk.
Infant botulism causes muscles and respiratory systems to experience paralyzing symptoms.
The bacteria that causes botulism is often associated with food but can also pass through the air to babies who breathe in or swallow infectious spores sometimes found in dirt or dust.