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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In parent stocks, there was a reduction in fertility and hatchability, increased embryo mortality in the hatchery, and lower semen volume in male parent stocks. The aflztoxicosis may cause immune suppression impairment of immune systemhepatotoxicity damage to the livernephrotoxicity damage to the kidneysneurotoxicity damage to the central and peripheral nervous systemsgenotoxicity damage to DNA leading to cell transformation, abnormal cellular proliferation and finally tumor formation Devegowda and Murthy,Tabbu, Cunningham and Bucher, Storage fungi are those, which require lower water activity, thus being more prominent after harvest and during storage, such as Aspergillus sp.

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Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. Isolate the bird from the flock and place in a safe, comfortable, aflatoxixosis location your own chicken “intensive care unit” with easy access to water and food. When they are simultaneously present, their interactive effects can be classified as additive, synergistic, or antagonistic.

Veterinary advice should be sought from your local veterinarian before applying any treatment or vaccine. Each fungus species can produce more than one type of mycotoxin, such as Aspergillus sp. Mycotoxicoses should be differentiated from mycoses which are systemic diseases caused by invasion of growing fungi into living tissues, initiating mechanical destruction.

The Common Clinical Signs and Pathological Lesions of Mycotoxicoses in Poultry –

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. Evaluation of turmeric Curcuma longa effect on biochemical and pathological parameters of liver and kidney in chicken aflatoxicosis. The common pathological lesions related to trichothecenes mycotoxicoses were crust on the beak, yellow caseous ulcers at the margin of the beak, mucous of the hard palate and the angle between mouth and tongue Figure 7 ; ulcers may extend to the esophagus and larynx, gizzard erosion GE Figure 8atrophy of thymus, bursa Fabricius, and spleen.


Hormesis is a dose-response phenomenon characterized by low-dose stimulation and high-dose inhibition. The process of mycotoxin production by fungi is not well known. The hormetic response of aflatoxins in body weight in chickens has not been observed in other commercial poultry species such as ducks and turkeys. These diseases may vary on the severity, target sites, and mechanism of toxicity.

Aflatoxins were first identified as the causative agent of the severe outbreak of Turkey X disease, a toxicosis that killed overturkey poults in England in Asplin and Carnaghan, In rare poultrg, some mycotoxins conjugates can be excreted directly by fungi, such as 3-acetyldeoxynivalenol and acetyldeoxynivalenol by Fusarium sp.

Increased feather pecking behavior. However, during digestion the mycotoxin-ligand bond can be released and the mycotoxin act as a toxin, thus causing its hazardous effects on animals Berthiller et al. In male broilers, there were decreased comb and testes weights, whereas in aflayoxicosis broilers, there were increased comb, bursa Faricius, and ovary weights, and enlargement of oviduct.

An analysis of the hormesis database Calabrese and Blain, concerning parameters relating to weight gain indicates that numerous agents Table 1 induce a hormetic-like biphasic dose response in regard to body weight gain.

Name Summary Supportive care Isolate the bird from the flock and place in a safe, comfortable, warm location your own chicken “intensive care unit” with easy access to water and food.

Trichothecenes toxicosis Trichothecenes mycotoxins affect actively dividing cells, such as those lining the gastrointestinal tracts, skin, lymphoid and erythroid cells. The incidence of hepatocellular tumors, particularly in ducklings, is considered to be one of the serious consequences of aflatoxicosis.

Field observations have suggested that the most common mycotoxins found in poultry operations in Indonesia, include aflatoxins, trichothecenes, ochratoxins, fumonisins and zearalenone, which all can reduce performance and increase disease incidence in chicken farm operations. The pancreas was usually small and depigmented and there were hemorrhages on subcutaneous tissues and muscles. The common pathological lesions related to OTA were seen in the kidneys, which were extremely swollen and pale in color with very distended ureters due to the accumulation of urates Figure 11 ; atrophy of bursa Fabricius, thymus, and spleen; and soft or severely fragile of bones.

Aflatoxicosis in Chickens

Most mycotoxins are known to hazardously contaminate crops and consequently poultry feeds and poultry products, causing significant economic losses associated with their impact on poultry and human health, poultry performance, and domestic as well as international trade. Poultry ingesting mycotoxin in high concentration may likely suffer from acute or sub-acute disease where toxic effects directly affect specific tissues or organs. Hormesis has been noted in regards to changes in body weight in numerous studies, including those performed for the US National Toxicology Program, with over 50 chemicals see Table 1 to see chemicals tested; Calabrese and Baldwin, a ; Calabrese and Blain, Therefore, the formation of mycotoxins in the field is difficult to control.


Therefore, the probability of contamination of certain feed ingredients or finished feed with multi-mycotoxins is very high Speijers and Speijers, Either way, the result is the same: Alteration of mycotoxins structure my also occur during feed processing, as in the case of fumonisin reaction with reducing sugars Lu et al. In chronic aflatoxicosis, aflatoxicowis liver was small, xflatoxicosis, and rounded Figure 2. Mycotoxin producing fungi The process of mycotoxin production by fungi is not well known.

The most frequent effects of aflatoxicosis in layers and parent stocks were decreased egg production, reduced egg size, poor thin egg shell, pale egg shell and egg yolk.


Breakdown of the dose-response relationships for changes in body weight in the hormesis database by maximum stimulatory response. Young chickens are more sensitive to the effects of mycotoxins. Aflatoxins are a major concern because they are human hepatocarcinogens and aflatoxiosis considered to play an important role in the high incidence of human hepatocellular carcinoma in certain areas of the world CAST, However, these low levels of mycotoxins may induce subclinical diseases in poultry, which indicated that there is no existing save level for mycotoxins Borutova, Even though the effects of mycotoxins are very complex and there is a great variation in possible symptoms, target organs, and pathological lesions from one mycotoxin to the other Naehrer,presumptive diagnosis can be based aflatoicosis clinical signs, pathological lesions on target organs, especially when moldy ingredients or feed are evident.

Sometimes there were indications of rickets effects, such poultey enlargement of costo-chondral joints, severe fragility or bending of long bones Figure 16 ; soft and bending of beaks and claws. Plultry furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.