Botulism is a rare and strange disease. Occasional cases can be seen in individual animals or as a herd outbreak due to contaminated feed or water. A herd outbreak in goats was reported in South America secondary to a diet too low in phosphorus – the goats started chewing bones of dead animals to meet their mineral needs, but meat on the bones was contaminated with the botulism toxin.

Botulism is caused by toxin(s) produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum