Aflatoxicosis in poultry: A review. Article (PDF Available) · September with Reads. Cite this publication. Ansuman Mohapatra at. Aflatoxins (AF) are a class of mycotoxins, produced by fungal species of the genus Aspergillus (flavus and parasiticus) and Penicillium puberulum, that are often. Abstract. Poultry has commonly been considered highly susceptible to aflatoxins. However, among domestic fowl there is wide variability in specific species sen.

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This paper presents the common clinical signs and pathological lesions caused by the most important mycotoxins in the poultry industry in Indonesia. Effects of dietary selenium on histopathological changes and T cells of spleen in broilers exposed to aflatoxin B1.


The incidence of hepatocellular tumors, particularly in ducklings, is considered to be one of the serious consequences of aflatoxicosis. Finished feed should not be stored for long periods of time as mycotoxin contamination can occur in these products Richard, An Example of Hormesis? Day and John E.

Fumonisin which is most frequently found in the field is fumonisin B1. Summary of experiments conducted with dietary aflatoxins in chickens showing the stimulatory effect observed at the low doses tested. Mycotoxicoses should be differentiated from mycoses which are systemic diseases caused by invasion of growing fungi into living tissues, initiating mechanical destruction.

Despite the fact that proper conditions for growth of fungi can occur at all times during crop growth, harvest, and storage, fungal species poultdy be divided into field fungi, which infect crops as parasites, and storage fungi which grow in feedstuffs stored under suboptimal conditions.

The Common Clinical Signs and Pathological Lesions of Mycotoxicoses in Poultry

Ochratoxicosis Ochratoxin type mycotoxin which is most commonly found in the field is ochratoxin A OTAwhich has a primary target organ on the kidneys as it is known to be nephrotoxic Pfohl-Leszkowic and Manderville, The most common pathological lesions associated with aflatoxicosis in chickens were found in liver, poulyry organs, and testes male parent stocks and the process of this disease was commonly chronic.


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The common clinical signs associated with zearalenon in layers were decreased egg production, reduced egg specific gravity, poor egg shell and interior egg quality. Afaltoxin B1, which is known to be a hepatotoxin and ochratoxin A, a nephrotoxin, acted synergistically when fed simultaneously to broiler chicks Huff et al. Aflatoxin is known to have a hepatotoxic effect in chickens Dalvi,Espada et al.

In the field, zearalenone and DON were found simultaneously in feed or raw materials Richard,and may have synergistic interaction Naehrer, Find me a Vet. The most frequent effects of aflatoxicosis in layers and aflatpxicosis stocks were decreased egg production, reduced egg size, poor thin egg shell, pale egg shell and egg yolk.

Protein and glucosides, as an example, can be bound to mycotoxins by growing plants in the field to protect themselves from foreign compounds or by microorganisms which may change poultryy mycotoxin structure during storage.

Remove source of potential toxin source to prevent further illness among other flock members. Lipid metabolism of commercial layers fed diets containing aflatoxin, fumonisin, and a binder Poultry Science Rangsaz N, Ahangaran MG. The process of mycotoxin production by fungi is not well known. The realization that low doses of dietary aflatoxins and numerous other toxic substances may stimulate growth at low doses may have implications for the poultry industry.

Fatty liver hemorrhagic syndrome Infectious bursal disease Malabsorption syndrome Mycotoxicosis Ochratoxicosis. Ducks, geese, and turkeys seem to be more sensitive to mycotoxicoses than chickens and quails.

The pancreas was usually small and depigmented and there were hemorrhages on subcutaneous tissues and muscles. Storage fungi are those, which require lower water activity, thus being more prominent after harvest and during storage, such as Aspergillus sp.


Even though the effects of mycotoxins are very complex and there is a pokltry variation in possible symptoms, target organs, and pathological lesions from one mycotoxin to the other Naehrer,presumptive diagnosis can be based on clinical signs, pathological lesions on target organs, especially when moldy ingredients or feed are evident.

However, among domestic fowl there is wide variability in specific species sensitivity to these mycotoxins.

AFLATOXICOSIS – Diseases of Poultry – The Poultry Site

Citing articles via Web of Science Mycotoxins producing fungi are ubiquitous in nature and under ideal conditions, often contaminate economically important crops in the fields, as well as during their harvest, storage, shipment, and processing.

Therefore, the formation of mycotoxins in the field is difficult to control. Grains, such as corn, wheat, soybean, rice and their by-products used for the production of poultry feed are shared by humans and animals. Aflatoxicosis in Chickens Gallus gallus: Inverted-J dose-response for body weight against the log 2 of dietary aflatoxin in chickens.

Trichothecenes mycotoxins affect actively dividing cells, such as those lining the gastrointestinal tracts, skin, lymphoid and erythroid cells. Evaluation of turmeric extract on performance indices impressed by induced aflatoxicosis in broiler chickens. In some cases, there were anemia and abnormal blood clotting, increased incidence of bruising and down grading, and nervous syndrome abnormal behavior.

Breakdown of the dose-response relationships for changes in body weight in the hormesis database by maximum stimulatory response.