(Sacramento Bee) The discovery of a new strain of botulism – the first in 40 years – has spurred bioterrorism concerns among state health officials, who have removed the deadly toxin’s genetic sequencing information from recently published research, a move that some scientists find alarming.

The new toxin, Clostridium botulinum, was discovered in California this year by the state Department of Public Health. An infant who contracted the illness survived, although the state health department has not said when or where the baby was examined or treated.

While the agency’s findings appeared in the Journal of Infectious Diseases in October, the genetic sequence that makes up the botulism toxin was not included in the report.

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