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Microtoxins effect on Health

Recognized effects on human health Improvements in food security in the developed countries mentioned above have eliminated dangerous mycotoxicoses such as ergotism, which was popularly known during the Middle Ages in Western Europe. However, this outbreak is still prevalent in rural communities in developing countries, as evidenced by documented cases in Ethiopia, East Africa, where crime broke out in 1978 after a grain meal contaminated with Claviceps aimurea (Demeke et al. 1979; King) 1979). The most serious outbreak of recent mycotooticosis occurred in Kenya, where deaths from aflatoxin exposure occurred for many years. Aflatooticosis is a toxic hepatitis that leads to jaundice, and in severe cases, death. Recurrent incidents of this nature occurred in Kenya between 1981, 2001, 200...

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