New Zealand media are reporting an outbreak of botulism in a family eating wild boar meat. Pig hunting is quite popular and game can be left for periods of time before being taken out of the bush. It does seem a bit odd though.
Unlike what is stated in the press report the toxins are not very resistant to heat, and the incubation period is usually more than 12 hours, so keeling over mid-consumption unlikely. However, few details are provided, and we await the results of tests. Looks more like a chemical rather than biological problem?
UPDATE: The family seem to be recovering but there has been no further word on what the cause was. Test results are due in from Australia.
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