Outbreak of an Acute Aflatoxicosis in Kenya in 2004: Identification of the Causal Agent

Claudia Probst, Henry Njapau, Peter J Cotty

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Abstract

Maize contaminated with aflatoxins has been implicated in deadly epidemics in Kenya three times since 1981, but the fungi contaminating the maize with aflatoxins have not been characterized. Here we associate the S strain of Aspergillus flavus with lethal aflatoxicoses that took more than 125 lives in 2004.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2762-2764
Number of pages3
JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
Volume73
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007

Keywords

  • Aflatoxicosis
  • Aflatoxin Vergiftung
  • Kenia
  • Kenya
  • Aspergillus
  • Mycotoxin
  • Mykotoxine
  • Humans
  • Kenya/epidemiology
  • Zea mays/microbiology
  • Aflatoxins/analysis
  • Aspergillus flavus/isolation & purification
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Mycotoxicosis/epidemiology

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