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Outbreak of ergotism in Wollo, Ethiopia

, : Outbreak of ergotism in Wollo, Ethiopia. Lancet 1(8131): 1411

Five cases of gangrene of the hands, legs or feet are described in patients aged 3 to 20 yr. Barley and wild oats had blackened and distorted ears [Claviceps], and this was thought to have caused the gangrene. Later 136 similar cases were found, and many patients died. The grain was destroyed and only isolated cases of ergotism were found after the initial outbreak.

Accession: 000712388

PMID: 87875

DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(79)92050-6

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