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Ghana: Mold Toxins Tied to AIDS Epidemic

July 23, 2013

A new study from researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and colleagues has examined the impact of aflatoxins on the AIDS epidemic in Africa. Aflatoxins are poisons produced by aspergillus fungi that can be found on damp grains, nuts, and beans, usually in hot humid climates. Federal law limits the allowable amount of these highly dangerous toxins in food to 20 parts per billion. High doses of aflatoxins can be deadly; exposure even to low doses could cause liver cancer. Aflatoxins also have been found to be immunosuppressive, possibly causing increased immunosuppression in HIV-positive individuals.

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