Exposure to environmental toxins in childhood can negatively impact health later in life. For this reason, the authors conducted a study to assess aflatoxin exposure among young children in Ethiopia using urinary biomarkers.
A cross-sectional study was conducted to measure urinary levels of five aflatoxins in 200 children aged 1-4 years in the Amhara and Tigray regional states of Ethiopia.
Aflatoxins were detected in 17% of the urine samples. This indicates a clear exposure of young children to aflatoxins in these regional states. Therefore, awareness to the public is important to prevent potential health consequences of aflatoxins.