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Laboratory of Molecular Toxicology and Pharmacology, Department of Biochemistry, University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon





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Abstract Aflatoxins are food contaminants usually associated with hepatitis, immunodepression, impairment of fertility and cancer. The present work was to determine the presence of aflatoxins in eggs, milk, urine, and blood samples that were collected from various sources and periods; and hepatitis B virus antigen in blood samples. Aflatoxin was found in eggs 45.2%, cow raw milk 15.9%, breast milk 4.8%, urine from kwashiorkor and marasmic kwashiorkor children 45.5%, and sera from primary liver cancer patients 63.9%; HbsAg was also detected in 69.4% of the serum samples, but there was no association between both factors. Both AF and hepatitis B virus seem to be risk factors that could increase the incidence and prevalence rates of malnutrition and cancer in Cameroon. View Full-Text

Keywords: aflatoxins; egg; milk; malnutrition; hepatitis B virus; cancer; Cameroon aflatoxins; egg; milk; malnutrition; hepatitis B virus; cancer; Cameroon





Author: Angele N. Tchana * , Paul F. Moundipa * and Félicité M. Tchouanguep

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