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Control of konzo in DRC using the wetting method on cassava flour

Banea, J P; Nahimana, G; Mandombi, C.; Bradbury, James; Denton, Ian; Kuwa, N

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Fifty konzo cases were identified in four villages in Popokabaka Health Zone, DRC. One third of people had only one meal per day, mainly of cassava flour consumed as a thick porridge (fufu) and pounded, boiled cassava leaves. Retention of cyanogens in flour resulted from short soaking of cassava roots. A 1.5. years intervention was made in the largest village Kay Kalenge, where the wetting method was taught to all women of the village, who accepted it willingly. The total cyanide content of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/61553
Source: Food and Chemical Toxicology
DOI: 10.1016/j.fct.2012.02.001

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