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Konzo and continuing cyanide intoxication from cassava in Mozambique

Bradbury, James; Cliff, Julie; Muquingue, Humberto; Nhassico, Dulce; Nzwalo, H.


In Mozambique, epidemics of the cassava-associated paralytic disease, konzo, have been reported in association with drought or war: over 1100 cases in 1981, over 600 cases in 1992-1993, and over 100 cases in 2005. Smaller epidemics and sporadic cases have also been reported.Large epidemics have occurred at times of agricultural crisis, during the cassava harvest, when the population has been dependent on a diet of insufficiently processed bitter cassava. Konzo mostly affects women of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Food and Chemical Toxicology
DOI: 10.1016/j.fct.2010.06.056


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