A bacterium that can kill all of humanity

Clostridium Botulinum is a spore-forming bacillus that produces botulism.

A teaspoon of this poison can kill the entire population of the United States, and four kg - all of humanity. The bacillus of botulism causes paralysis of the diaphragm, breaks the connection between the muscles and the brain, and leads to asphyxiation.

The most dangerous bacterium lives everywhere: on all continents and continents, in the ground. Clostridium Botulinum has an amazing ability to adapt to different environmental conditions: it is not afraid of salt sea water, or the heat of the Sahara, or cold.

The only factor that saves a person from infection is gastric juice, which kills the development of bacteria. But once spores have begun to form, it is extremely difficult to stop their growth. They are difficult to remove even when boiled for 10 minutes. Optimal conditions for the development of botulism bacillus are maintained, for example, with cold canning. When eating contaminated food, just one bite of the product is enough to become infected and die within 1 day. Neither humans nor animals are immune to botulism. An adult elephant weighs 5.5 tons and will die in less than three days if consumed with 0.005454 mg of toxin.