Question - What is the National Botulism Surveillance System?
Answer - Since 1973, CDC, in partnership with CSTE (Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists), has maintained the National Botulism Surveillance System for intensive surveillance for cases of botulism in the United States. The National Botulism Surveillance System collects reports of all laboratory-confirmed botulism cases in the United States and is continuously monitored for early detection of outbreaks. Demographic (e.g., age, sex, race and ethnicity), clinical (e.g., transmission category, case-patient outcome), laboratory (e.g., laboratory testing method, toxin type), and epidemiologic (e.g., vehicle) data are reported by all 50 states and the District of Columbia. (https://www.cdc.gov/ncezid/dfwed/PDFs/bot-overview_508c.pdf)