Geophagy and potential health implications: geohelminths, microbes and heavy metals.

@article{Kutalek2010GeophagyAP,
  title={Geophagy and potential health implications: geohelminths, microbes and heavy metals.},
  author={Ruth Kutalek and Guenther Wewalka and Claudia Gundacker and H. Auer and Jeff A. Wilson and Daniela Haluza and Steliana Huhulescu and Stephen Hillier and Manfred Sager and Armin Prinz},
  journal={Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene},
  year={2010},
  volume={104 12},
  pages={787-95}
}
The practice of geophagy (soil-eating) is widespread among pregnant and breast-feeding women in sub-Saharan Africa. To assess some of the potential risks accompanying the consumption of geophagic material, we analysed contamination with bacteria, fungi, and geohelminths as well as heavy metals (lead, mercury and cadmium) in 88 African geophagic soil samples, which were purchased in Central, West and East Africa, Europe and the United States. Median microbial viable counts of positive samples… CONTINUE READING

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