Epidemiology of Mycotoxin-Related Disease

  • C. P. Wild
  • A. J. Hall
Part of the The Mycota book series (MYCOTA, volume 6)


Many human diseases have been suggested to result from exposure to mycotoxins. For the majority of such diseases, however, the epidemiological data establishing a causal link between exposure and disease are lacking. The purpose of this chapter is to review data associating specific mycotoxin exposures with human mycotoxicoses and to suggest avenues of research which could improve the understanding of mycotoxin-related disease. In particular, we discuss the possibility of improving measurements of mycotoxin exposure and discuss strategies for future epidemiological research on this topic. The epidemiological data are considered in relation to the causal criteria of Hill (1965).


Ergot Alkaloid Cyclopiazonic Acid Indian Childhood Cirrhosis Tenuazonic Acid Aflatoxin Exposure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. P. Wild
    • 1
  • A. J. Hall
    • 2
  1. 1.Unit of Environmental CarcinogenesisInternational Agency for Research on CancerLyon Cedex 08France
  2. 2.Communicable Disease Epidemiology UnitLondon School of Hygeine and Tropical MedicineLondonUK

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