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Workshop Abstracts

Name of Session:

E 4

Public Health Strategies to Prevent Aflatoxin Exposure in Developing Countries

Description of Session

In 2004, one of the largest, most severe aflatoxicosis outbreaks occurred in Kenya. Since then, outbreaks of aflatoxin poisoning have recurred in the same region of Kenya for the three consecutive years, resulting in more than 440 cases and 175 deaths. These outbreaks have emphasized the urgent need to reduce aflatoxin exposure among the estimated 4.5 billion people in developing countries at risk for consuming aflatoxin-contaminated food. In response, the National Centers for Environmental Health (NCEH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) convened an international workshop in 2005 to identify public health strategies to reduce aflatoxin exposure in the developing world. International, scientific collaborations emerged from that workshop, resulting in groundbreaking advancements in aflatoxin prevention. This session will highlight public health priorities and cover new data concerning novel interventions, advancements in human biomarkers and innovative screening methods.

Presenter(s) E-mail
Moderator: Micheal McGeehin

Presenter 1: Henry Njapau, PhD
Title of Presentation:
An Overview of the Public Health Challenges and Priorities for Aflatoxicosis Prevention in the Developing World

Presenter 2: Timothy Phillips, PhD

Title of Presentation:  A Novel Intervention Using Binding Agents to Prevent Aflatoxicosis via Enteroabsorption


Presenter 3: Lauren Lewis, MD, MPH
Title of Presentation:
 Demonstration of an Innovative Rapid Field Screening Tool for Early Detection of Aflatoxin in Maize: Aflatoxicosis Outbreak Response, Kenya 2006 

Presenter 4: Leslie McCoy, PhD

Title of Presentation: New Advancements in the Use of Serum Aflatoxin Adducts Analysis as a Human Biomarker for Exposure to Aflatoxin